Monday's Arsenal transfer rumours: Alexis Sanchez, Riyad Mahrez and more
Last Updated: 31/07/17 7:53am
The latest Arsenal transfer news and rumours from across the British and European press on Monday, July 31.
Alexis Sanchez is considering a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to Manchester City, according to the Daily Mirror.
They claim Sanchez is desperate to play under former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola and is willing to push hard to make it happen.
The Chile international, who has 12 months remaining on his Gunners deal, reportedly wants £400,000-a-week but Arsenal are only prepared to make a compromise offer of £300,000-a-week.
Arsenal could face competition from Tottenham to sign Leicester's Riyad Mahrez.
The Sun reports Spurs believe the prospect of Champions League football could be enough to convince the Algerian to opt for them over their north London rivals.
Sky sources understand Watford are interested in signing Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs after West Brom pulled out of talks to sign the left-back last week.
Gibbs is available at the right price, having been left out of the Gunners' pre-season tour to the Far East and the Emirates Cup squad.
Sky sources understand he would have to take a significant drop in wages if he was to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Arsene Wenger has rejected the suggestion that he faces a major problem at Arsenal due to a number of his first-team players entering the final year of their contracts.
Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both yet to sign extensions to their deals beyond next summer while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Gibbs could also leave on a free in 12 months' time.
But Wenger believes that all of his players will perform to their maximum level regardless of how long they have remaining on their contracts.
"I think it is an ideal situation. When you are a football player you perform until the last days of your contract," he said on Sunday.