Arsenal 'expect to bid £35million for Malcom this week' as Alexis Sanchez nears Gunners exit

Arsenal are expected to launch a £35million bid for Bordeaux winger Malcom this week as Arsene Wenger begins to plan life without Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean could leave this month with both Manchester United and City interested in recruiting the 29-year-old.

However, Wenger is adamant Sanchez won’t leave until the Gunners find an adequate replacement.

According to the Mail Online , Arsenal will bid £35million for 20-year-old Malcom this week. However, Bordeaux are believed to want £45m for their starlet and negotiations could continue throughout the rest of the month.

Alexis Sanchez wants out of Arsenal
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Malcom in action for Bordeaux
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Arsene Wenger offers fresh backing to under-fire Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette

Stand by your man: Arsene Wenger is backing Alexandre Lacazette
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Arsene Wenger believes Alexandre Lacazette will come good and start to live up to his £53million price tag.

Like Dennis Bergkamp and ­Thierry Henry before him, ­Lacazette has been slow to find his touch in front of goal as an Arsenal player.

Bergkamp took six matches ­before he scored his first goal for the club after his move from Inter Milan. Henry scored just twice in his first 17 games after joining ­Arsenal from Juventus.

Going into Sunday’s clash at Bournemouth, Lacazette has scored only eight times in the Premier League since arriving from Lyon.

Wenger said: “The first six months are always difficult. It is a difficult period the first year. I would say the physical pressure on strikers in England has ­become absolutely massive.

“The intensity in the ­challenges is much bigger than in France.”

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