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Arsenal have made an initial bid for Alexis Sanchez

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Following their reported interest in signing Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal have now made an initial bid for Alexis Sanchez according to reports in Spain and the Telegraph. The bid, which ranges from €25m (about £20m) to £22m is apparently an initial bid, with Arsenal having the ability to bid higher if needs must. Arsenal's interest in signing Sanchez does not come as a surprise; there is an obvious need for a top-class attacking player and with those options few at a centre forward level, Arsenal seem to have gone down the route of signing a wide attacking player with skill and pace, and many will recall the pursuit of Julian Draxler last January. Sanchez can play across the attacking line, having done so at club level and more regularly at international level for Chile, where he usually is the main creator and scorer.

Sanchez's future is also connected with the future of Luis Suarez. Liverpool would like Sanchez, and Barcelona would like Sanchez to be used in a cash and player deal, but according to Kike Marin in Spain, the 25-year old would prefer a move to Arsenal. Barcelona have indicated that Sanchez is available, with funds from his transfer contributing to a Luis Suarez deal if he refuses to move to Anfield.

Furthermore, Gianluca DiMarzio, who tends to know what he's talking about, has reported much of the same: that Sanchez would prefer Arsenal, who have made a bid of €32m.