Arsenal must stop Alexis Sanchez joining Manchester United

However, Sky Sport Italia claims Jose Mourinho's United are plotting to snatch the Chile worldwide from under City's noses.

The Red Devils are in second place in the Premier League table but 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

United boss Mourinho has moaned Old Trafford chiefs are struggling to match City's spending power - despite splashing out £300m since he took charge in 2016.

It emerged yesterday Manchester United offered £25million plus £30m midfield flop Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Arsenal's wantaway striker - outbidding their bitter neighbours.

'Sell him to City.

Alexis has long had his heart set on a move to Man City, but if it becomes a choice between joining Man United now or staying at Arsenal until the end of the season and then joining Man City, he may end up selecting the former.

With midfielder Francis Coquelin having joined Valencia on Thursday and forwards Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott expected to leave, the manager acknowledged reinforcements could be required in the coming weeks.

Wenger is more confident of keeping Mesut Ozil but there is still a lot of hard work to be done.

"I don't know if it is ethical or correct to be speaking about players of other clubs", Mourinho told reporters ahead of Monday's Premier League meeting with managerless Stoke City.

Bookmakers have now changed their minds on the situation, as they are now making United favourites to land Sanchez this month. I have great admiration for great players, Alexis is one of them.

"I think when a person insults another, you can expect a response or you can expect contempt, silence", Mourinho said.

The Spaniard insisted his focus is on this weekend's game against Liverpool; he even advised the media to focus on football matters rather than transfer rumours. Okay the club wants £50million, £60m, because they want to replace me, they have to spend £50m or £60m, it will not happen, so I wait and I take a chunk of that contract in signing-on fee. Certainly not, but there's always a way to find a different balance.

Alexis Sanchez is available on a free transfer in just over five months but football is flooded with more money than sense at the moment. The only word I can say is he is a phenomenal player.

  • Joanne Flowers