Mourinho hints at Mkhitaryan United exit

The Chilean forward was set for a move to City, but it would seem that United have gone ahead of our rivals for the signature of the player, which would represent a huge statement of intent on our part.

United are in the running to sign Sanchez in the winter transfer window as the 29-year-old Chile worldwide is desperate to leave Arsenal, but they are also keen to sign Ozil.

Questioned as to whether there was any truth in the rumour, the Arsenal manager was coy.

Romelu Lukaku has taken over the lead striker role from the 36-year-old and while the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial haven't been entrusted with relieving the Belgian too often but should United land Sanchez, he may finally be afforded more of a rest.

"I honestly believe Mkhitaryan is one of the best players in the Premier League, his confidence is just shot at United".

Following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, earlier this week, the Anfield club have over £140 million at their disposal to add fresh attacking impetus to Jurgen Klopp's squad and, with Sanchez available for £35 million, a relative bargain in today's market, a bid for the 28-year-old seems to make flawless sense. Mourinho is said to consider Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to be wide forwards, rather than players who can play centre-forward. I don't think it is correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez.

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During Friday's episode of Close Calls on The42, ESPN's Mark Ogden pondered as to whether Sanchez might prove to be "City's Faustino Asprilla" - a destabilising influence not dissimilar to the great Colombian striker's arrival when Newcastle led the Premier League by 12 points in February of 1996.

"So let's say in the summer we have three targets - a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player - if, in the winter, you do one of the three, then in the summer you are going to do three minus one". Whether Arsenal's interest in these players is concrete or not remains to be seen, but Sanchez will be going nowhere until a new attacker arrives. If he comes to us - I don't know it will happen - he can help us. "I am focused on Liverpool".

Jose Mourinho has saluted Alexis Sanchez as a "phenomenal" player and did not deny Manchester United want to sign the Arsenal star.

"Of course I want a quick resolution", he said.

Sanchez nearly joined City for about £60m on the final day of the summer window, only for the transfer to collapse when Arsenal failed to sign Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar.

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