Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has always been a high-value target for Juventus, but the Turin-based Italian champions are now more confident than ever that they are on the brink of tempting him away from the Emirates.
The Chilean attacker has only under 18 months left on his current Arsenal contract, giving the Serie A giants enough confidence that they can ultimately seal a cut-price deal for a 28-year-old who has fond memories of the Italian top flight with Udinese.
Corriere dello Sport claim a €30 million (£25.7m) bid has already been offered but there are also some reports that suggest only the outline of a summer move has been tabled to intermediaries negotiating with the Sanchez camp, who in turn are reportedly interesting in a Turin move.
Despite Sanchez refusing to sign a new contract and just 12 months remaining on the deal, Arsenal, as expected would not welcome any idea of losing their most prized asset for such a low fee. Some at the Emirates hierarchy even suggest that, if Sanchez continues to stall contract talks, he will be retained for one more season and will be allowed to walk away on as a free agent.
This strategy would also hand Arsenal an extra negotiating time to strike a long-term deal. Even sources close to the player’s camp believe that the scenario could make a dramatic turn and no door is closed on the Gunners yet.
But Arsenal have insisted they will not get close to the £300,000 wages that Juventus and PSG would happily offer.
The Old Lady have received all the encouragement they wanted to identify Sanchez as their top priority target and if they seal the deal it would, a year or two down the line, give them a golden opportunity to cash in on extremely talented Paulo Dybala, who recently penned a contract extension but is being chased by La Liga big boys Real Madrid and Barcelona.