Paris Saint-Germain are now the hot favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez.
The Chile star’s contract at Arsenal runs out in May, and the striker is unlikely to sign a new deal.
It means the 28-year-old can sign a pre-contract agreement with a club outside of England – and PSG are ready to move in.
They have earmarked Sanchez as the man to replace Brazil star Neymar.
There is increasing uncertainty on the future of PSG’s £220million man. He seems certain to leave France and return to Spain next season by signing for Real Madrid.
Neymar, who only joined PSG in August, has consistently refused to quash the speculation about the link to Real.
There is also interest in Sanchez from Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
But – on a free transfer – he will command a massive signing-on fee from PSG and wages of around £350,000 a week.