Manchester United are increasingly confident of winning the race to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with sources saying that Jose Mourinho first raised the prospect of using Henrikh Mkhitaryan as leverage for a deal last summer.
Speaking before the match, Arsene Wenger said: “He is being vague at the moment. His situation is not completely decided one way or the other.
“Yes, don’t read too much into it because I don’t know what way it’ll go. You want to focus on the players who are on the pitch.”
Manchester City had been regarded as the favourites to sign the 29-year-old forward this month, but senior figures at the Etihad said on Friday that the Premier League leaders would not pursue a move for the Chilean unless Arsenal substantially dropped their £35m asking price for a player with less than six months remaining on his contract.
Mourinho had been keen to make a move for Sanchez during the summer window, but both the Portuguese and United believed that City had a deal all-but agreed for the former Barcelona man.
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