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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez holds the key to the Gunners’ hopes of signing Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Julian Draxler (€50.4m). The Chilean is out of the deal at the end of the campaign and his form so far this term is yet to vindicate the club’s decision to block his departure last summer.
Sanchez stays keen on joining Manchester City but Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing him and would be willing to pay up to £30million in January. Arsene Wenger was reluctant to let Sanchez leave last summer – especially to a rival Premier League club. However, he accepts the Chilean will not be signing a new deal and has begun the task of searching for his replacement.
Interest in Monaco ace Thomas Lemar is set to increase this summer and Wenger has been informed about the availability of Draxler. The German is surplus to requirements with Unai Emery and Wenger has a long-held interest in Draxler.
As reported by the Daily Star, Wenger is set to let Sanchez join the Ligue 1 giants in January if it involves getting Draxler in return. The French club are free to agree on a pre-contract agreement with Sanchez in January. However, he would rather wait until the summer to join Manchester City so Draxler could well be used as a pawn in negotiations.