There was also a feeling within Old Trafford that Arsenal, and manager Arsene Wenger, would not sanction a sale to United and Mourinho due to the embarrassment caused by Robin van Persie's success in a United shirt following his move there in 2012 and, perhaps more significantly, the long-running tension between Mourinho and Wenger.
The story says that Manchester City are prepared to "risk" losing out on Sanchez, and that Manchester United could now well be ahead of their bitter local rivals in the race for the talented attacker.More news: Mourinho not ruling out Man Utd move for 'phenomenal' Alexis
Wenger said: "Yes. Don't read too much into it though because not even I know which way it will go".
"He's being vague at the moment, the situation is not completely decided one way or the other". The in-demand Chilean will not play for the Gunners on Sunday and the latest reports suggest that United have an edge over City in securing his services.
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United have a lot of creative players in the final third, but none is as influential as Sanchez.
Wenger admitted on Friday that Sanchez would not be signing a new deal, paving the way for him to leave the club in the current transfer window, adding that a bidding war could help Arsenal. "These guys want to win, and they want to make money as well". Arsenal are reportedly happy with the addition of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the deal, and the £20 million fee seems enough for a player who would end up leaving for free in the summer.More news: (NYSE:UPS) Stake Boosted by Parnassus Investments CA