On Monday afternoon, AKA Deadline Day, it was reported by the Express that Arsenal are interested in signing 16-year old Chilean international Marcelo Allende, who is being called the next Alexis.

Although he has a lot left to prove in order to live up to that billing, Allende is currently the captain of Chile’s under-17 team and rose up Cobreloa’s youth ranks, which is where Alexis Sanchez began his career.

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Adding fuel to the speculation of Arsenal’s potential signing, Allende’s manager, Christian Ogalde, told AS Chile that he has a ‘relationship’ with the Gunners.

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I have a relationship with many European clubs including Arsenal and, another club, so if tomorrow there are options, we’ll talk.

Arsenal is a great training club and we would be interested in working with them if they give us the possibility to.

There’s no question the decision to sign Allende would be a no-brainer and could turn out to be a major coup for Arsene Wenger, having already seen Alexis’ impact on the club since his arrival.