There is no smoke without fire and with every passing day, rumours about Alexis Sanchez's exit from Arsenal continues to gather pace. The Chilean is out of contract in the summer and is open to agreeing a pre-contract agreement this month with any of his foreign suitors.
Despite the undoubted quality he offers to the Gunners, it is believed that Arsene Wenger will look to cash-in on their star man in January instead of letting him leave on a free transfer in the summer.
It is as clear as daylight that replacing a player of Sanchez's ability is a herculean task in itself, but the Gunners are left with no choice after contract renewal talks with player broke down in the past.
Without further delay, let's take a look at 5 ideal players who can replace the winger at Arsenal:
#5 Lorenzo Insigne (SSC Napoli)
Estimated value: €70M, Possibility - 1/5
Insigne is having a stellar season under Maurizio Sarri in Naples and is one of the driving forces behind Napoli's excellent results in the Serie A. The winger is now considered among the elite class in Europe and is part of one of the most potent attacking trios in world football alongside Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon.
The Italian is well and truly capable of playing anywhere in the front three and offers the cutting edge inside the opposition's final third. The 26-year-old is currently in the best form of his career, having scored 9 goals and registered 4 assists in 25 appearances across all competitions for Napoli.
Insigne will certainly offer a lot going forward for Arsenal and could become a like-for-like replacement for Sanchez, given his abilities that include running at defenders and creating chances at will, while also offering a goal threat.