Chelsea emerge as favourites to sign Arsenal star as interest grows

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As speculation surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal exit intensifies, the list of clubs declaring an interest in the Chilean continues to grow.

And having been linked with a move for the forward earlier this season, the latest odds and reports are suggesting the 28-year-old could be a Chelsea player by the time the summer transfer window closes.

It looked as though Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain were set to battle it out for Sanchez’s signature at the end of the season, with contract talks stalling at the Emirates.

But Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is said to have always been a huge admirer of the former Barcelona man, and our traders make the Blues just a 2/1 shot to be Sanchez’s next port of call.

That could coincide with the potential departure of Eden Hazard, who is now just 6/4 to leave Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid in the summer.

Of course, that would leave Conte with a gap in his front-line which would need filling, and Sanchez certainly fits the bill.

Having already netted an impressive 18 goals in the Premier League, and has 10 assists to his name for the Gunners.

His total figures in all competitions combined are better still, scoring 22 and providing 18 since the season began. Suffice to say he’d be a huge loss for the north London outfit, who would be seven points worse off this season without his goals.

Allowing Sanchez to leave would be a hard decision for Arsenal fans to handle, but selling him to a rival club in England would surely be rubbing salt in the wounds.

However, the two sides have history of doing business, and just as Chelsea helped Arsenal out two years ago by letting Petr Cech move across the city, they may be expecting the Gunners to repay the favour.

And if Arsene Wenger’s men fail to finish outside of the top four, they may not have much say in the matter.

What do fans think? Can you see Sanchez staying with Arsenal, or would he be the perfect fit at Chelsea?

Let us know in the comments section below!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.