Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho ready to steal Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez.
City have offered Arsenal around the region of £20million transfer fee for the Chilean who look set on a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola but United are prepared to bid closer to Arsenal’s transfer fee price of £35m, while midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also been discussed as a potential option as part of a deal.
It is understood United’s offer is in the region of £25m, as Jose Mourinho looks to get one over on United’s local rivals.
Sanchez and his delegates are agreed personal terms of around £250,000 every week with City yet United can better those terms.
United together and City tried to sign Sanchez before he joined Barcelona from Udinese in 2011 and again when he joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014.
Jose Mourinho and his United squad return back from their warm-climate training camp in Dubai on Friday.
Mourinho has been inconsistent with United’s hierarchy over their spending plans and has been eager for the club to be more competitive against their opponents in the transfer market .
He told the club earlier on he needed to invest £80m to spend in January but inflated prices means United have will be reluctant to pay over the odds now, preferring to keep hold of their money unless a player of notice became available.
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale remains their prime target for the summer.
Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has admitted he is still trying to convince Sanchez to stay at the Emirates Stadium, despite the star refusal in signing a new contract.
The club’s star man was on the bench for the 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday night, but the manager says his absence on the game was unrelated to his future.
‘The team selection had nothing to do with the transfer market,’ Wenger said. ‘Why did I start him on the bench? Why not?
I do not need to justify every decision I make. I have played over 1,000 games and over 1,000 teams in my career.
‘I want him to stay this month. I want him to stay for as long i want because he’s a very important player for us.
‘When he came on tonight, you could see that he created chance and threaten straight away. We have to accept as well when you play so many games and Sanchez plays every game that sometimes resting l in the middle of the season helps a little bit.’