Arsenal have agreed a deal with ‘big name player’ to replace Alexis Sanchez – Balague

ARSENAL have agreed a deal for a ‘big name’ to replace Alexis Sanchez, claims Guillem Balague.

Manchester United and City are locked in a transfer battle to sign contract rebel Sanchez.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is willing to do business before the transfer window closes but only if a club meets his £35million asking price.

And Balague believes that’s because a deal for a replacement is already done.

The Spanish football expert told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast: “If Alexis goes now they are prepared.

“They’ve got a name, they’ve got a player that will replace him.

“They don’t have to negotiate anything with him – it’s just a matter of seeing if Alexis leaves now or at the end of the season.

“They are prepared for the departure and they say he’s a big name and it’s not just a kid coming through.

“We’ll see what happens with that.

“At the moment, in terms of facts, Manchester United have not spoken to Arsenal. They have spoken to Alexis and the wages are higher than what City are offering Alexis.”

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