Reports: Chelsea and Arsenal set to battle it out for Premier League star
Arsene Wenger will need to reinforce his attack if Sanchez and Ozil leave in January.
What's the story?
Arsenal face the possibility of losing two of their star players in the coming transfer window, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both nearing the end of their contracts. Neither of the two seems willing to sign an extension, meaning that Arsenal will probably have to sell them at a cut-price rate.
Arsene Wenger will need to look for replacements for the departing midfielders, and according to reports from the Mirror, the French manager has identified Watford's Richarlison as an ideal alternative to Sanchez.
In case you didn't know...
Richarlison began his career in Brazil at America Mineiro, before moving to Fluminense in 2015. His first game as a Fluminense player was a 1-0 win over his former club America Mineiro. The Brazilian spent a year at Fluminense, appearing 42 times and scoring nine goals before moving on to Watford in 2017.
He has quickly established himself as a first-team regular for the Hornets, appearing in all 12 of their league games this season and scoring five goals. His eye for goal and his ability to dribble have made him the hottest new commodity in the league, with several clubs taking an interest in him.
The heart of the matter
Arsenal will face stiff competition from the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea, who have been watching the youngster intently for a while. Several Chinese clubs have also shown an interest in the Brazilian, and may make a move for him in the winter transfer window.
Richarlison only signed for Watford a few months ago and has had little prior experience of top-flight football. Furthermore, the 20-year-old has four and a half years left on his Watford contract, meaning that clubs will have to spend a pretty penny to sign him in January.
Playing in China at such an early stage in his career may not be a wise move for Richarlison, even though they will be able to offer him wages that his current club cannot. If he chooses to stay in England, a move to London may not be impossible and Watford could use him to make a tidy profit.
Arsenal definitely need him more than Chelsea or Tottenham do, and should it come down to the London clubs, the Emirates is a likely destination for young Richarlison.