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The Telegraph: Arsenal are in pole position to sign 32-goal Barcelona striker target


Arsenal are in pole position to sign Celtic Striker Moussa Dembele if Alexis Sanchez leaves the club, the Telegraph has claimed.

The Chilean has made it clear that he wants to quit the Emirates to enjoy Champions League football elsewhere.

Dembele was Celtic's top scorer last season, scoring 32 goals in all competitions.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has been linked with a number of top European clubs so far this summer, including Barcelona.

Manager Arsene Wenger's objective is to keep Sanchez at the Emirates but it will not be easy with Manchester City and Manchester United ready to make an offer.

"That's a question I didn't expect today!" Wenger told reporters last week.

"The pressure starts again - the first press conference and we are there! We'll see. The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts, and that's what we want. It's a continuity of what I said at the end of last season. That's what we will do.

"The easiest way to manage a player in the final year of their contract is in his interest to do as well as he can.

"Nobody knows today if Alexis will be in the final year of his contract this season, because he can extend as well with us at the start of the season or during the season, so it is not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal Football Club."

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