Man United now favourites to sign Sanchez after City pull out

Man United now favourites to sign Sanchez after City pull out

Ross Houston
January 14, 2018

Leroy Sane insists he has nothing to fear from Alexis Sanchez's potential move to Manchester City.

But Wenger insists the former Real Madrid playmaker can be persuaded to commit his long-term future to the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger also revealed Aaron Ramsey will return to the squad after recovering from a muscle injury, while Mesut Ozil has a "50-50" chance of playing because of a slight knee injury that ruled him out the game at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho's United are understood to have thrown their hat into the ring, bidding around £25 million to trump City's £20 million offer as they seek to bolster their attacking options and deny their bitter rivals.

United would have no problem in meeting Arsenal's demands and similarly would have no qualms paying the agent's fee having handed Mino Raiola £41m when they secured the then world record purchase of Paul Pogba.

The runaway Premier League leaders are extremely reluctant to go above the £20m they value Sanchez at given his current contract situation.

Yet after Jesus made two visits to Barcelona to see Dr Ramon Cugat, Guardiola's favoured specialist, the prognosis is far more optimistic, meaning City are feeling under far less pressure to buy.

But stories broke ahead of Mourinho's Friday media briefing that City were unwilling to meet Arsenal's £35m asking price for Sanchez, opening up the prospect of a lucrative switch to Old Trafford for the Chile global.

"He's a great player and he knows very well that in my first season in Juventus we tried to buy him from Udinese and then he chose to go to Udinese", said Conte. "Apart from that, he is an Arsenal player and I feel I shouldn't say much more than this". So he wants to fight as well for the Premiership. The only word I can say is the what everyone says - he is a phenomenal player.

Wenger says there are two major factors that will decide whether or not they can get the other two players to renew their deals- earning money and winning trophies.

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Wenger said: "Of course I want a quick resolution". And that's what you try to do.

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