Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is said to be close to completing a move to Manchester United
Manchester City dropped their interest in the Chilean, saying they are not willing to spend more than 20 million euros on him
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has renewed fans’ hopes on the club signing Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez this month.
Speaking after the team returned to England from warm weather training in Dubai, Mourinho recognised Sanchez’s abilities and hailed him a ‘phenomenal player’ – trying to dodge the question whether Man United was interested in signing him this month.
Reports have been circulating claiming Man United rivals Manchester City have ended their interest in signing the Chilean who has been linked with a move to the Etihad since last year.
However, it has been reported that the Citizens are not willing to spend more than 20 million euros for Sanchez, giving Man United a free pass to sign the player.
Outlets all over England also claim Jose Mourinho is planning to swap Alexis Sanchez with Henrikh Mkhitaryan + 25 million euros, offloading the Armenian who has been dipping in form of late.
Arsene Wenger has also not ruled out an exit for Sanchez, saying that he wants to Chilean to be with Arsenal for the rest of the season but is waiting to see how the transfer window unfolds in the coming days.
“Nothing is really concrete at the moment and nothing is decided one way or another. Normally he would stay at the club until the end of the season but we'll see,” said Wenger.
Mourinho refused to speak about the club’s interest in Sanchez but also didn’t rule out making a move for him in the near future.
“In relation to Alexis Sanchez I don't say a word, the only word I can say is he is a phenomenal player, apart from that he’s an Arsenal player and I feel I shouldn't say much more than this,” responded Mourinho when asked about the Chilean’s situation.
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has also expressed his fears about the two Manchester clubs killing competition in the Premier League by buying the best players.
“I understand that the other teams (Manchester United and Manchester City) try to kill the other teams and to anticipate the situation. This is the real transfer market - not to wait until the last moment to buy the players,” said the Chelsea boss.