Arsenal will cash in on wantaway forward Alexis Sanchez in January only if they can land his replacement in Riyad Mahrez, according to reports.
The Chilean is eager to join Premier League runaway leaders Manchester City in a £35million deal.
But boss Arsene Wenger wants to make sure he can make a high-profile signing before allowing Sanchez to quit the club.
And according to the Mirror he wants Leicester’s in-form winger to fill his boots.
The Algerian is showing the same form that helped guide to the Foxes to their remarkable Premier League title win in 2016.
In his last eight appearances he has directly been involved in seven goals – scoring four and assisting three.
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Leicester will be reluctant to cash in midway through the season but an offer of around £40m and the promise of a huge wage hike could turn the head of Mahrez.
Arsenal almost cashed in on Sanchez in the summer but their move for replacement Thomas Lemar fell through in the final stages.
The 29-year-old reluctantly stayed at the club but with City’s Gabriel Jesus nursing an injury, Pep Guardiola wants to bolster his strike force.
It will also be the last chance for Arsenal to receive money for Sanchez with his contract expiring at the end of the season.