Sanchez, who starred for Chile as they knocked reigning champions Spain out of the World Cup yesterday, is said to want a move away from the Nou Camp after falling out with Lionel Messi.

Reports from Chile suggest the player is fed up with playing second-fiddle to Argentine star Messi, and wants to quit La Liga, with a move to the Premier League his preferred option.

Liverpool and Manchester United are currently leading the charge of English clubs, but Arsenal could be set to gatecrash the market by declaring their interest in the 25-year-old.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been handed a £100m transfer war chest to turn his side from nearly men into genuine title contenders.