The summer transfer window may have only just slammed shut, but there are already those looking ahead to who could be on the move in the January.
Arsenal endured a frustrating end to the window, with the Alexis Sanchez saga dominating the agenda.
In the end they failed to add to the early arrivals of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, while Sanchez remained in north London after the Gunners pulled the plug on a move to Manchester City.
So Arsene Wenger could well look to strengthen in January given the frustrations he suffered during the summer, even though it is a window he often criticises due to the high prices that are quoted for players.
But the bookies believe Wenger could be busy as we move into 2018 – with Arsenal favourites to sign Sergio Aguero from Manchester City.
With Pep Guardiola expected to make another move for Sanchez, it could be that Aguero falls into the mix as a makeweight – something that could appeal to the Argentine if he has been struggling for game time ahead of the World Cup.
SkyBet list Arsenal as 10/1 favourites to sign Aguero, while Sanchez is quoted at 4/1 to move in the opposite direction.
And the odds on Thomas Lemar finally competing a switch to the Emirates in January are as short as 6/1 – despite the French winger having turned down a move to north London last week.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger believes it will cost Arsenal around £140 million to replace Alexis Sanchez next summer – if the Chile star leaves on a free transfer.
The prospect of Sanchez walking away for nothing in less than a year’s time is now a very real one after the Gunners pulled the plug on a deadline day move to Manchester City.
Should they resist any more offers in January, the 28-year-old will almost certainly leave on a free – with the former Barcelona man having made it clear he will not be signing a new deal in north London.
So Wenger knows the decision to keep Sanchez for his final year will come at a huge cost to the Gunners.
“You take Sanchez into the final year of a contract, you sacrifice £60m-£70m income,” he told BeIN Sport. “And then at the end of the season
“So it has a huge price and at some stage you have to make a decision. You have to sacrifice one or two.”