Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had confirmed that the club have begun transfer discussions with Arsenal for the services of Chile international Alexis Sanchez. However, the Portuguese was clear that the deal has yet to be finalised despite suggestions that the attacker has agreed on personal terms with United.
In the lead-up to the Burnley game, Mourinho had nothing to hide on the ongoing link with Sanchez, he said, via BBC Sport: “There is no point in trying to hide or deny, but it is not done at all. I think clearly everybody knows that we are there and especially when Arsenal manager speaks so clearly like he did.”
An earlier report suggested that United had sorted out a £500,000-a-week package for the Chilean, and when asked on his involvement in the proposed Sanchez-Mkhitaryan swap, Mourinho said that he is ‘calmly waiting for news’, he added: “I like to be out, I am out and I will just calmly wait for news, no more than that.”
Mkhitaryan has already been left out the matchday squad versus Burnley this weekend, and it could well be the case for Sanchez against Crystal Palace, though manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that he could play the Chilean for what could be his final game in the Gunners shirt.
Sanchez, who joined Arsene Wenger’s side from Barcelona in the summer of 2014, has contributed 80 goals in over 160 appearances in all competitions. The Chilean is still eligible to feature in the FA Cup as well as the Champions League, and he could yet have a big say on United’s quest for silverware during the second half of the season.