Sanchez future uncertain as United, City circle

Sanchez has been linked with a shock move to Old Trafford since the midweek when it emerged United had reportedly bid £25m for the Chile worldwide.

The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a January move to Manchester City.

In recent days, it has emerged that the Gunners finally accept that Sanchez wants to leave and a battle between United and fierce local rivals Manchester City has been brewing.

"You might think his behaviour this season has been petulant, selfish, arrogant; but to me that suggests he's a frustrated victor who is desperate for trophies", Parker said.

"It looks like Sanchez will not extend his contract", Wenger said in his press conference leading into Arsenal's trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

United is said to have presented Arsenal with a bigger offer than City, and although Mourinho claims it was not in the club's plans to sign players in January, he acknowledged that fantastic opportunities are worth pursuing whenever they present themselves. "He is our player and a very good player".

"He'll have the choice of a lot of clubs and, if United could get him, it would be a massive signing".

City had reportedly prepared a £20m offer for the player, who was eager to reunite with former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, till Jose Mourinho stepped in with an interest of his own. Arsenal with Malcolm will have a different dynamic but Wenger will hope that the Brazilian will lessen Arsenal fans heartache over the departure of Alexis Sanchez with some fine performances. Under Mourinho, it's hard to say if Ozil would score more points or fewer. Sanchez is the subject of interest from Manchester United and Manchester City and while Wenger admitted Sanchez was likely to leave, the manager was more hopeful on Ozil.

"If you look back at Man Utd's big signings over the decades, Cantona came out of the hat, [Robin] Van Persie was a surprise, and they both helped United win titles".

The Premier League leaders have always been linked with signing the Chilean forward, and had a reported £60m offer for him accepted by Arsenal on deadline day last summer. The midfielder is said to be happy in London and has insisted in the past that he wishes to remain an Arsenal player.

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