Arsene Wenger plans Alexis Sanchez exit in January

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Sanchez has been a long-term target for City boss Pep Guardiola and the club saw several bids rejected for Sanchez in the summer transfer window.

Manchester City are set to test Arsenal's resolve over keeping Alexis Sanchez by making a concerted effort to sign the forward this month. The same has been exemplified this season, which has arguably been his worst in an Arsenal shirt, with the player being the most prolific contributor for the Gunners.

Former Manchester United defender Evans has been linked with a January move to the Emirates Stadium, with Manchester City also reported to be interested.

Alexis Sanchez's move to Manchester City will undoubtedly happen in the coming weeks but Arsenal's decision to sell at that price is seriously in question.

"The two clubs have held talks in recent days and the Blues are cautiously optimistic of getting a deal done, despite the Gunners' £35 million asking price", it's said in the report, with Arsenal said to be "resigned" to losing their No. 7 mid-season. They say that City have sounded out Arsenal about a £25m move.

However, City will be encouraged by Sanchez's omission from Arsenal's embarrassing FA Cup third-round exit at Nottingham Forest yesterday as it means he will not be Cup-tied for the latter stages.

And if it does, Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Arsenal will seek to bring in Aubameyang from Dortmund as his replacement. But, ideally, Arsene Wenger would like to retain the player till the end of the season, at the very least - a prospect that looks bleak, taking into account the injury to Gabriel Jesus.