Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has emerged as a priority transfer target for incoming Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti in the summer. The Italian, who is without a job after he was relieved of his duties at Real Madrid after the end of the season, has already agreed to take charge at the Allianz Arena from the next campaign.
The Bundesliga champions' current manager Pep Guardiola has already agreed a deal to join Manchester City and Ancelotti will replace him at Bayern. According to AS Chile, the former AC Milan and Chelsea manager wants to bring Sanchez to his new club in the upcoming transfer window.
He has already started working on the list of players who he is looking to sign for Bayern and the Chilean international is on top of that wish list. Bayern currently have two star players, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben on the wide positions, along with other players in the squad.
The France international and the Dutchman have struggled with injuries, which has forced Guardiola to look at other options in that position. In addition to this, Ribery, 33 and Robben, 32 will have one year left on their contract in the summer and have not been handed a new deal so far.
Ancelotti has been impressed with Sanchez's display on the wings and his ability to score from that position too. In addition to this, the ex-Barcelona forward can also be deployed in the number 9 position.
Sanchez has over two years left on his Arsenal contract. Bayern are willing to pay €40m (£31.8m, $45m) for the South American attacker's signature and it should be seen whether Arsene Wenger will sanction the sale of the Gunners star.
Arsenal are third in the league table with 59 points from 32 games, trailing league leaders Leicester City by 13 points and second placed Tottenham Hotspur by six points, although the two have played one game more than Wenger's side. Sanchez had earlier questioned his Arsenal teammates' mentality after suggesting they lack the hunger to win the title.
"If we go out on to the pitch with hunger to become champions, to win the Premier League or the Champions League we can achieve it, to win big things," Sanchez told DirecTV Sports, as quoted by the Telegraph.
"There are great players. I train with them daily and they have got the mentality and the desire to win but we lack hunger, the mentality that we are winning 1-0 when we go out on to the pitch.
"Sometimes we lack this hunger to believe that we can be champions — to go out on to the pitch feeling that we are winning 1-0. The other team doesn't always win because it is superior. It is rather little details."