Mourinho 'not unconfident' Manchester United will sign Sanchez

Mourinho 'not unconfident' Manchester United will sign Sanchez

Arsenal are reportedly keen on attracting former Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mkhitaryan to Emirates Stadium as part of any agreement, with the Armenia global having come in for criticism from manager Jose Mourinho this season.

United have taken over as bookies' favourites as they are apparently willing to throw more money at the deal.

Speaking after his side's 3-0 victory over Stoke on Monday night, United manager Jose Mourinho said: "There is no news on Sanchez".

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea have reportedly entered the race to sign Sanchez from their London rivals, adding another wrinkle to the transfer saga.

City are yet to pull the plug on the Sánchez deal, but their interest has waned somewhat in recent days because they are unwilling to meet the Chilean's wage demands.

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While refusing to confirm his interest in the player last Friday, United boss Jose Mourinho let his feelings on the Chilean worldwide be known.

The out-of-favour Henrikh Mkhitaryan was initially mooted as a makeweight in a potential deal, heading to the Emirates while Arsenal's star forward went the other direction. "Of course he's going to try to give him a contract that keeps him here for much longer than that option that, of course, we're going to execute".

"We have a feeling he is an Arsenal player, he can stay there but also a feeling he can move and if he moves I think we have a chance, but most probably a player like him has other big clubs interested and who knows", Mourinho said.

Mourinho says, "It's the best for him and for us, while the doubt is in the air, to protect him". And, using the words he repeats all the time, being useful for me, for the team, and that I think he can.

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