Di Marzio: Arsenal ready move for Alexis Sanchez replacement, suggesting City deal could happen

Arsenal have already taken steps to replacing Alexis Sanchez in January by lining up a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the famous Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia reports.

Any move for Auba, one of the Bundesliga’s most prolific forwards of recent years, depends on the Alexis to City situation evolving, but the fact that Arsene Wenger is looking at the 28-year-old implies that there is a real chance of Alexis getting his move to the Etihad this month.

City were rocked by an injury to Gabriel Jesus against Crystal Palace, and with the Brazilian out for at least a month, plans to sign Alexis may be brought forward from the summer, when Pep Guardiola intended to capture him on a free transfer.

John Cross of the Mirror, a journalist known to be close to Arsenal, has suggested that a £25million-plus bid from City may be enough to prise Alexis away from the Emirates during the winter market.

Recent reports have stated that Alexis is desperate for the move, and that the atmosphere at Arsenal surrounding him has turned sour. With Aubameyang now on Arsenal’s radar, the Chilean may get his reunion with Pep months earlier than previously thought.

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