Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Agent on why Man Utd's Sanchez hopes rest entirely on Mkhitaryan

Agent on why Man Utd's Sanchez hopes rest entirely on Mkhitaryan

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not close to signing for Arsenal, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

Manchester United will have to fight off a challenge from Chelsea to land their transfer target Alexis Sanchez after Manchester City ended their interest in the Arsenal ace.

Mkhitaryan was left out of United's squad to face Stoke on Monday with Mourinho claiming he had been affected by transfer speculation and admitting it is "possible" he could leave Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho is "relaxed" in his pursuit of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, with Manchester United widely seen to be in pole position to secure the Chile forward. "I didn't want to travel with him and suddenly he goes somewhere".

It is believed contractual terms between the Red Devils and the winger have been agreed and Manchester United are now just waiting for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the other piece of the transfer saga, to agree a contract with Arsenal.

Stoke's Stephen Ireland, making his first start since May 2016, then missed two good chances as the visitors showed plenty of attacking intent.

Stoke's new manager Paul Lambert, appointed earlier on Monday to replace the recently-sacked Mark Hughes, watched from the stands as Valencia put United ahead.

"In the future, I don't know what happens, the final decision is for the club, not me". I think he has with his general performances recently but of course you need that feeling that only scoring can give you.

Mourinho confirmed that he had left Mkhitaryan out of last night's squad because he could be heading to north London so it looks like there is a distinct possibility a player swap deal is on the cards.

"Most probably, a player like him, he probably has other big clubs who are interested".

"He is our player so I can speak about him". I don't know anything about it. We have to protect him and to protect the team a little bit, so let's make sure that he stays with us or that he leaves us. "We're far away but we're going to try".

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