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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed his interest in landing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

The Premier League leaders failed in an attempt to sign Sanchez last summer but continue to be linked with the former Barcelona player and could move for him again this month.

Sanchez has always been a target for City and they offered £60million for the 29-year-old, without success, last summer.

Arsene Wenger is hopeful the blow of Alexis Sanchez's impending exit from Arsenal will be softened by Mesut Ozil agreeing a new deal.

"At the general level, I can say I told you myself, the Manchester United owners don't believe in the January market".

The young Brazilian would be an exciting signing, for sure, but it's a sad indictment of where Arsenal are that two of their main rivals argue over their star player as the Gunners take a punt on a kid as a replacement.

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The Red Devils are believed to be ready to offer both the selling club and the player whatever they want and are readying a £35 million bid whilst a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also a possibility.

City remain favourites to land Sanchez, but Sane, 22, says he feels only more motivated by speculation linking Arsenal's Chilean forward with a move to the Etihad.

"I'm focused on Liverpool, believe me".

Arsenal want £35m for Sanchez, while the player's agent, Fernando Felicevich, is also said to be demanding a fee of around £5m for facilitating the deal. So I would not like my players to read what I've said, or see me on TV, and see the manager is talking about another thing, and then thinking that they are not important. Sanchez has six months left on his contract so he has all the negotiating power, and while five-and-a-half years ago Arsenal still maintained the presence of being a serious elite club, they no longer can.

'And I have great respect for the plan of the others because everyone tries to kill you'. The players have two choices: Follow what you [the media] say, or follow me. "Like a player who wants to play football", Wenger said.