Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Manchester United could start an influx of Arsenal newcomers

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Alexis Sanchez is set to leave Arsenal within the next 48 hours – and his move could spark a rush of incomings at the Emirates.

The Chile striker did not travel to the south coast with the rest of the Arsenal squad for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Bournemouth.

And Manchester United are set to gazump their bitter neighbours Manchester City after blowing Pep Guardiola’s club’s offer out of the water.

Sanchez ’s agent Fernando Felicevich is travelling to Manchester to negotiate the deal after United offered a deal worth £400,000-a-week, £30m signing-on fee and huge agent fees.

Arsenal are set to pocked £35million for Sanchez who is out of contract at the end of the season.

And Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger , who is coming under increasing pressure after another limp defeat, will be handed the chequebook to strengthen for the second half of the season.

Here, we look at the players who could be checking in at the Emirates in the coming days…

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN

The Armenian is set to be part of the deal that will see Sanchez leave Arsenal for Old Trafford.

Wenger is a big admirer of Mkhitaryan, was offered him before he moved to Old Trafford and now that could happen with United keen to keep Anthony Martial who Arsenal also rate highly.

Player-plus-cash deals are notoriously difficult to do, it is difficult to agree one valuation let alone two and are rare but United are desperate to get it done even if the valuation of Mkhitaryan in the package has yet to be agreed.

Mkhitaryan joined United from Borussia Dortmund for £26m in 2016 but has struggled to find his feet in north west England.

He has flitted in and out of Mourinho’s side this season but now looks to be on his way out.

The 28-year-old will hope to rediscover the form he showed in Germany where he scored 41 goals in 140 appearances for Dortmund.

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MALCOM

Full name Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira, the 20-year-old has been on the radar of many a top European club.

But it is Arsenal who have stolen a march and who look likely to complete a £35m deal this week.

The Brazilian, who can play across the midfield, helped Bordeaux to a 1-0 Ligue win over Troyes on Saturday night.

A delegation who represent the youngster were then reportedly pictured arriving in London.

This Tuesday’s game against Caen could be his last for the French club with Arsenal ready to offer an opening bid for the 20-year-old.

Wenger has been adamant that Sanchez will only be sold once Arsenal have lined up a replacement.

And Malcom, who has scored seven goals in the league this season, looks to be that man.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG

On paper, not the personality Arsenal need in the dressing room given their troubles on the field this season.

But the Gunners are monitoring Aubameyang who landed himself in more hot more water of the weekend when he was suspended by his club Borussia Dortmund.

The Gabon international, who has scored 13 league goals, was dropped just before the game after he missed a team meeting on Saturday in his latest disciplinary offence.

On the field, Aubameyang could be the answer to Wenger’s prayers with summer signing Alexandre Lacazette currently struggling in front of goal.

Aubameyang is expected to cost around €60m (£53m) – a lot of money for Wenger to spend at this stage of the season.

But desperate times call for desperate measures.

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