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Manchester City favourites for Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal line up replacement and today's other transfer rumours

Arsenal are reportedly keen on Monaco winger Thomas Lemar

Manchester City have become the favourites to sign ALEXIS SANCHEZ after Bayern Munich were put off by the Arsenal forward's wage demands, according to today's rumours.

Sanchez wants in excess of £350,000-a-week to leave the Gunners, who will ask for around £50million for the Chilean even though his contract expires in 12 months, and the astronomical figures seem to have cooled Bayern's interest.

While Arsenal would be loath to allow Sanchez join a Premier League rival, they fear they are fighting a losing battle to keep the frontman, who has a fan in City boss Pep Guardiola, according to the Daily Mirror.

Arsenal are already lining up a replacement for Sanchez with Monaco winger THOMAS LEMAR top of their list, according to the Sun.

The Ligue 1 champions have already rejected an opening bid of £28m for one of their star players but are taking an improved £35m offer into consideration.

The 21-year-old France international, who scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists for Monaco last season, has been on compatriot Arsene Wenger's wishlist for some time but, with Sanchez potentially on the way out, the Arsenal boss has decided now is the time to act on his interest.

Moving across London and the Daily Telegraph claims Chelsea could make a last-ditch attempt to swipe defender KOSTAS MANOLAS from under the noses of Zenit St Petersburg.

The Greek centre-half was due to complete a £26m move from Roma to the Russian club on Wednesday but a dispute over his wages has put the move in jeopardy and alerted Chelsea.

The Blues will release long-serving captain John Terry this weekend and are preparing to sell Nathan Ake to Bournemouth, so may opt to shore up their defensive options - even though manager Antonio Conte has his heart set on signing either Virgil van Dijk or Leonardo Bonucci this summer.

Elsewhere, Everton midfielder GERARD DEULOFEU is attracting the attentions of Serie A giants AC Milan and Juventus after turning down the chance of rejoining Barcelona, writes the Daily Mail.

The Catalan giants triggered a buy-back clause in Deulofeu's contract but the winger, a product of the La Masia academy, wants regular first-team football and is unlikely to get that at the Nou Camp, while he is not part of Toffees boss Ronald Koeman's long-term plans either.

He impressed in a loan spell with Milan during the second half of last season and his performances for the Rossoneri have led to Juventus making their interest clear.

Finally, Manchester United look set to lose out in the chase for Monaco's versatile midfielder FABINHO, who is closing in on a move to Paris St Germain, reports the Daily Record.

While Fabinho, who can also play at full-back, has expressed an interest in working with United boss Jose Mourinho, PSG are the favourites to seal his signature as they bid to prise a key asset away from their biggest domestic rival.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

@TheSunFootball: Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is facing a battle to be fit for pre-season.

@Agent_Edward: Michael Keane turned down Man Utd & LFC for Everton. He wants to be playing, not a bench warmer.

@MirrorFootball: Kevin Phillips distances himself from Sunderland manager's job after admitting club's plight is "worrying".

PLAYERS TO WATCH

JONNY EVANS: The defender is considering his future at West Brom after being left frustrated by the club allowing close friend Darren Fletcher to join Stoke, reports the Mirror. Leicester have already made an opening £10m bid and are expected to come back with an improved offer.

STEFANO OKAKA: The Watford striker could be the latest to join the Chinese revolution with Shanghai Shenhua hoping to sign the hitman for around £12m, according to the Sun. The Italian had limited opportunities to impress during his maiden season at Vicarage Road and Shenhua could provide a lucrative escape route.

SHEYI OJO: Newcastle are in talks to bring the Liverpool winger on loan to the north-east, writes the Chronicle. Ojo has found first-team opportunities at Anfield limited since manager Jurgen Klopp took over nearly two years ago and could be given the chance to play regular Premier League football with the Magpies.

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