And no sooner did this news break out, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that his club might just be interested in signing up Alexis Sanchez.
It seems that Manchester United are willing to pay the transfer price that Arsenal have quoted City and on top of that the Old Trafford outfit are reportedly ready to pay better wages to Alexis Sanchez as compared to their local rivals.
When Mourinho was asked if his club are eyeing a move for the Chilean International, he said: “I don’t know if it’s ethical or correct to be speaking about players of other clubs,
“If somebody speaks about one of my players to say they are interested or not interested, I wouldn’t be very, very happy.
“Sanchez is an Arsenal player. I don’t know but, probably this weekend, he’s going to defend Arsenal colours, so I don’t think it’s correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez.
“At the general level what I can say is myself and the Manchester United board, the owners, we don’t believe a lot in the January market.
“We don’t believe in signing a player just to sign a player, just doing something – we don’t believe in that.
“What we believe really is there are some players in football world if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try, and that’s it.
“But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don’t say a word.
“The only word I can say is that he’s a phenomenal player, apart from that Arsenal player, and I feel I shouldn’t say much more than this.”