Arsenal attacker deal off after meetings concluded

Wenger also confirmed that United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is on the verge of swapping clubs with Sanchez by completing a move to north London.

Mourinho said that defender Daley Blind has been ruled out of the Burnley game with an injury.

Sanchez's move to Old Trafford is understood to hinge on Armenia worldwide Mkhitaryan agreeing terms on a move to the Emirates.

Sanchez is in the final few months of his Arsenal contract and United have stolen a march on their rivals, although manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday that the deal was not yet done.

Mourinho said he is awaiting news on the transfer but insisted he is "out" of the negotiations.

United are second in the Premier League, 12 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, and Sanchez's capture would be seen as a statement of intent from a team already paying huge wages to French global midfielder Paul Pogba and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

It is believed that once United have sealed the signing of Sanchez, they will move onto another significant piece of business for the January transfer window - having Mourinho sign a new, long-term deal.

Nick Pope believes the tide will turn for Burnley
Nick Pope believes the tide will turn for Burnley

"The players and manager decide what is best for them".

"We think it is a lack of respect when you get involved with players who are playing for another team", said Michael Zorc, Dortmund's sporting director. "I will just be calmly waiting for news, no more than that".

However, United blew City out of the water with their offer to Sanchez - who will reportedly become the fourth-highest paid footballer in the world at Old Trafford - and the player is on the verge of joining the club.

Naturally, if a team fails to sustain a challenge for the top honours, they will struggle to hold onto their best players. "We've played against him many times".

"After, that they do well for the other club - you know that they will do well".

"But the most expensive player is Kevin De Bruyne and when you see now the reality, a lot of clubs spend much more for one or two players". We feel we need to invest in the summer, with three or four.

  • Leroy Wright