Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Jose Mourinho finally speaks out on Alexis' Sanchez transfer

Jose Mourinho finally speaks out on Alexis' Sanchez transfer

City were in pole position to sign the 29-year-old when United made a decision to step in and make things complicated.

Sanchez has always been linked with a move to City, and reports recently suggested that the club are prepared to pay Arsenal £20m to take the Chilean this month, rather than wait until the end of the season and sign him on a free transfer.

It doesn't rule them out of signing Sanchez; City are ready to wait until June when the player's contract expires. "The only word I can say is he is a phenomenal player, apart from that Arsenal player and I feel I shouldn't say much more than this".

Wenger said: "Of course I want a quick resolution".

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 Arsenal can get either to stay put, then their claims to a top-four finish and a return to Champions League will be offered a welcome boost.

With Manchester United also interested, City are prepared to risk losing out on the player altogether. The World Cup victor has openly called for marquee signings in the past, and Wenger admitted that Arsenal's ability to fight for trophies could be just as important as the player's salary. "I saw him walking normal, his scan was good", Wenger said. "It looks like Sanchez will not extend his contract". I have great admiration for great players, Alexis is one of them.

So there you go.

"In the big clubs you have a choice: you reduce the number of players and you increase the wages, trying to fight with the massive clubs", Wenger said.

"He surely wouldn't just say it for the sake of saying it, there's got to be something going on".

"I don't know if it is ethical or correct to be speaking about players of other clubs", Mourinho told reporters ahead of Monday's Premier League meeting with managerless Stoke City. "I've never questioned his commitment or attitude".

He, however, urged the club to make a move for the forward.

Bournemouth are a side who will take you on, but if you get the first goal against them they will open up and give you chances. You have to try and that's it.

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