Alexis Sanchez is reportedly ready to pen new terms at the Emirates Stadium that will see him remain at Arsenal and end any speculation of a summer exit. Plus, the Gunners are understood to be moving for Chelsea starlet Domingos Quina.
The Guardian's Gerard Meagher reported on Monday that Sanchez is "set to re-sign on the dotted line" with Arsenal just over 18 months after he arrived from Barcelona in a £35 million transfer.
Since then, the Chile international has established himself as one of the key players at the disposal of manager Arsene Wenger and a showpiece of the Premier League, scoring 35 goals in 76 games for the club.
The Gunners have been among the leading title contenders this season, but it was no coincidence results tailed off around Sanchez's recent six-week injury layoff and during his fitness comeback. Former Arsenal striker John Hartson recently discussed his importance to the team on Match of the Day:
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Just how important is Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal's trophy hopes this season? #MOTD #AFC https://t.co/h5P4IWinIj1/30/2016, 11:05:50 PM
However, any new deal for the South American would surely put an end to any chances of a summer exit, representing a signal of his loyalty to the club and his desire to win trophies in north London.
Arsenal are reportedly sparing no expense securing the long-term services of their star, either, after Charles Perrin of the Daily Express reported his new five-and-a-half-year contract could be worth more than £51 million.
Perrin added that Sanchez wishes to bump his wages from £130,000 a week and closer to the £180,000-a-week salary top earner Mesut Ozil rakes in. The Telegraph helped illustrate just why the Gunners may be inclined to give in to those demands:
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Alexis Sanchez could help Arsenal find their shooting boots again today against Bournemouth https://t.co/2wkJfYRpxp https://t.co/BGR0Th2l392/7/2016, 1:31:20 PM
The 27-year-old Sanchez would be a huge expenditure close to his prime, but the Gunners are thought to be chasing a considerably younger talent in the form of Chelsea wonderkid Quina, too.
The central midfielder is currently a part of Chelsea's under-18 team and is making a steady rise through the ranks in west London. However, his head could be turned by clubs that tend to give youngsters more of a chance than Chelsea have proven to.
The teenager boasts a substantial scoring record for Portugal's under-17 side with seven strikes in just six outings, per Transfermarkt, and Arsenal may beef up their youth reserves with one of the continent's rising names.
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