The Chilean international has rotated in and out of the starting XI for the Catalan giants, and is understood to be willing to listen to offers in the summer.
Joining Arsenal in the race to sign Sanchez are Inter Milan, Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus. The 24-year-old joined Barcelona from Udinese in 2011 for £22million, after rejecting offers from Premier League clubs Manchester United and Manchester City. Fabrizo Larini, the sporting director at former club Udinese, believes Sanchez would fit the style of football seen at the Emirates.
“Sanchez needs to play the ball on the ground, just like Arsenal. That would be his ideal game,” Larini said.
“The only thing that these teams will have to consider is that he is a player who needs freedom to play his way. In teams that particular rigid patterns of play he might have a few problems.”
Arsenal are looking at several attacking options for the summer transfer window, after being one of many clubs to scout St Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international has been one of the players of Ligue 1 this season and could be receiving a bid from Arsene Wenger when the window reopens.
For now, Wenger will just be hoping to get all of his players back injury-free after the international break, ahead of the club’s next game against Reading at The Emirates at the end of March.