Sanchez future uncertain as United and City circle

Conte There was no transfer talk when I spoke to Sanchez

Conte There was no transfer talk when I spoke to Sanchez

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 worldwide. I feel I shouldn't say much more than this.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has urged the Premier League champions to complete the signing of Alexis Sanchez this month. "And I don't want this to sound bad towards Everton; they could be like Everton".

"At this stage, I don't think it's about the market", said Mourinho, whose United hosts Stoke City on Monday.

However, Manchester United have turned the transfer saga on its head with their late bid to hijack Manchester City's move for the Chilean and are reportedly close to thrashing out an agreement with the winger.

The 29-year-old has just over six months left on his current contract at the Emirates and there's absolutely no chance of him extending that, whereas Arséne Wenger is keen on importing Bordeaux starlet Malcom. He also said the club is not in a "bidding war". "So I wait, and I take a chunk of that contract as a signing fee", Wenger said. Given the fact that they need him more than City do they would probably be in a position to outbid City, as well as paying the player more in wages, so it then comes down to a case of convincing him.

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Manchester United stepped in the negotiations and are willing to offer more money and a player (believed to be Henrikh Mkhitaryan) for the Arsenal superstar. "So you are in a situation where you can not extend the contract of your players". You will have to ask him which is his choice, or ask Arsenal.

"I am not going (to speak about it)", he said.

"So he wants to fight as well for the Premier League, that's normal, when you are at that level". "Never. Why should I change?"

Ozil, meanwhile, has refused to discuss his future in public, with Goal confirming at the turn of the year that he is yet to make a decision on his next move.

"I'm not going to answer, I understand the question, you do your job, you know my answer, I am focused on [the game against Liverpool]". You have to try and that's it.

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