Arsenal are primed for another summer transfer battle with Liverpool, this time over Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez.

Following the club record £42.5million capture of Mesut Ozil last summer, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to make another marquee signing with Sanchez his No 1 target.

Barcelona are prepared to let the Chile international leave as new manager Luis Enrique stamps his authority on the club.

And the Gunners have opened talks with Barcelona with a view to making a £22m offer for Sanchez. However, Arsenal will probably have to raise their offer as Liverpool have already discussed a £30m bid.

Barca officials, who arrived in London on Wednesday to start formal talks with Liverpool over Luis Suarez, are prepared to use Sanchez as a makeweight in their attempts to land the Uruguayan.