According to a recent report, Manchester City are prepared to use defender Jason Denayer in a player-plus-cash deal to sign Alexis Sánchez this summer.

Denayer, 21, has been out on loan at Celtic, Galatasaray and more recently, Sunderland since the summer of 2014.

It’s obvious that the Belgian centre-back will be keen to sort out his future once and for all, but links with a possible Arsenal move don’t particularly make sense – especially given the level of depth at Wenger’s disposal in regards to defenders now.

Calum Chambers, 22, is set to return from his loan spell at Middlesbrough in the summer. So why would they accept a lower transfer fee plus a talented player in a position which isn’t a priority to strengthen?

Denayer has made 23 Premier League appearances this season under David Moyes and even though Sunderland have been relegated, he’d still be worth a fair amount if clubs are interested in his availability.

Wenger has said on numerous occasions that he wouldn’t sell Alexis anyway, so this feels like nothing more than a desperate attempt to drive the Chilean’s price down.

Or sell papers.