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Real Madrid are understood to be preparing a January offer for want away Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez. The Spanish giants remain on the lookout for a forward to bolster their attacking ranks following the sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea last summer.
Sanchez on his part is keen on a move away from the Emirates, the Chilean who made no secret of his desire to leave North London during summer’s transfer window came agonizingly close to joining Manchester City on deadline day.
Reports from Spain have revealed that Sanchez is set to be targeted again in the new year, this time by Madrid.
According to Okdiario via Tribal Football, although Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi is the prime target for the January window, Alexis is also under serious consideration.
The report further states that it is a move for Sanchez that looks set to prioritized by the Galacticos. The Spanish club reckons that to land Icardi next month, they will have to part with €90-100m, whereas intermediaries are convinced Alexis will be allowed to leave Arsenal for €30m.
To further fuel the speculation, Real coach Zinedine Zidane has made it clear to the directors that he would prefer Alexis over Icardi.
Madrid’s pursuit of Alexis is however likely to face a couple of obstacles. The player is understood to have prioritized a move to the Etihad as he wants to be reunited with Pep Guardiola whom he played under during their spell at Barcelona, it is also highly unlikely that Wenger would sanction the sale of Alexis in the upcoming winter transfer window, despite his contract running out at the end of the season, the player is obviously still a key component of the current Gunners squad.