According to a recent report in Germany, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are preparing a club-record transfer bid of £50m to lure Alexis Sánchez away from Arsenal this summer.

Bayern are ready to break their club-record transfer fee, having signed Javi Martinez in the summer of 2013 for £34m. They can also provide him higher weekly wages in comparison to Arsenal’s reported £250,000-a-week offer, limited by the club’s wage structure.

The 28-year-old Chilean forward will have a year remaining on his existing contract this summer and although Wenger has repeatedly said he’ll be at the club next season, contract talks are on hold for now and his long-term future is uncertain.

Arsenal will be keen to avoid letting their talisman leave on a free transfer next summer and as a result, cut-price fees have been prepared by rival clubs to try and persuade them to take the money.

Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City are just a few of the clubs interested in his signature in addition to Bayern. However, Arsenal are keen to avoid a similar situation to the one with Robin van Persie – where they significantly strengthened a rival by letting him leave for Manchester United.

If Alexis does make clear his intentions to leave, it’s likely that Arsenal would do business with a team outside of the Premier League. This is where Bayern come into the equation as they are seen as his best chance of winning the Champions League should he leave England.