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Arsenal Transfer News: Alexis Sanchez Bayern Talks, Jean-Michael Seri Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 24, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21:  Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on May 21, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez could be edging closer to a Bayern Munich switch amid reports his agent has flown to Germany "to finalise a €65 million (£56.2 million) transfer." Elsewhere, Barcelona are said to have stolen an edge in the race for OGC Nice's Jean-Michael Seri.

Chilean newspaper El Mercurio (h/t the Irish Independent's Kevin Palmer) reported talks regarding a move for Sanchez are "advanced," with agent Fernando Felicevich said to be in Bavaria thrashing out a deal at present.

Furthermore, the report suggested Bayern have tabled an offer worth around €13 million (£11.3 million) per year to the South American, which equates to roughly £250,000 per week.

Eurosport UK broke down the reported move further and added Arsenal have been satisfied with the amount said to have been offered for their talisman, with Bayern and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal playing a role as key instigator:

Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK

📰 Euro Papers: Arsenal accept €65m Alexis Sanchez offer from Bayern 💶💶💶 https://t.co/zmkHXuNymB

Sanchez has made no secret of his desire to compete for the biggest titles in European football, and Bayern would go a long way to satisfying the Chile international's lust for silverware.

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Gunners legend Thierry Henry sympathised with the 28-year-old in an interview with Sky Sports (h/t Jake Polden of the Mirror):

"I hope that he's going to stay but he wants to be in the Champions League, he wants to be in a club that is competing at least and it hasn't happened recently [at Arsenal]. I'm talking about in the Champions League and Premier League because he won the FA Cup already with Arsenal.

"Who knows what's going to happen with him? Is he going to listen to other teams that are going to come and get him?"

Elsewhere, regional French newspaper Nice Matin (h/t Sport Witness) reported Arsenal could be in danger of missing out on target Seri after Barcelona raised their interest in the Ivory Coast international.

The Blaugrana were linked to a move for the 25-year-old and are now said to be favourites to land his signature, and the central midfielder has proved to be a powerful creative weapon at Nice this term, per Goal's Mohammed Ali:

Mohammed Ali @mohammedali_93

Top assists 2016-17 Ligue 1: 1.) 🇫🇷 Sanson 12 2.) 🇨🇮 Seri 10 3.) 🇫🇷 Lemar 10 4.) 🇵🇹 Silva 9 5.) 🇫🇷 Thauvin 9

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer and thought the Switzerland international might have been the answer to a lack of authority in central midfield.

One disappointing campaign later, however, and the search goes on for Arsenal's next great engine-room general, although Barca's gaze could mean they struggle to capture Seri in that pursuit. 

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