Mourinho confirms United interest in Alexis Sanchez

In fact, Sanchez almost joined the Citizens in the summer on deadline day when a deal was agreed.

Nabil Fekir: Making a name for himself at Lyon this season with 13 goals and one hilarious suspension to his name. "When you come on to the pitch you play football and give 100 per cent. That's what he does".

Thus, United's interest might have arrived too late for Sanchez to consider.

Where do you think Alexis Sanchez will be playing his football at the end of January?

"Hopefully we can improve our level because I really think it was good". The Atletico Madrid had been expected to join them in the summer, but then seemed to be on the verge of joining Barcelona.

Also, not to mention, the directness, quality of set pieces and the sheer urgency he could bring to the attacking third at Old Trafford which still lacks enough experience to know when to take a gamble in the final third. And should he snub both to stay at the Emirates?

Bookmaker Coral now make it 4-6 that Sanchez will sign for United with City out to 11/4.

Securing a centre-back as experienced as England international Smalling would be a major boost for an Arsenal squad light in defence. And there's Javier Hernandez, who has failed to impress at West Ham United. Manchester United gain a pacy, productive forward and stop their city rivals gaining another elite player.

You can see the logic behind the deal for the two clubs. That can happen even if you have 10 years to go.

Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, the 20-year-old signed last week from PAS Giannina, was on the bench. I wish you & your family all the success in the future. There are offers that happen that a club like Monaco can't say no to. "Things change very quickly".

Sanchez and his agent would have to lower their demands, or face the possibility that Man City could walk away for now.

Just like with Nasri and Van Persie, United and City supporters should be prepared to expect the unexpected.

Unofficial source Lee Satchell, who claims to have walked Sanchez's dogs on several occasions, claims it's the 29-year-old's desire to become the 'new Gary Neville' that has sealed the move. Arsenal defender Calum Chambers said: 'We showed grit and dug in deep'. United still have obstacles to overcome, however, if they are to pull of the transfer coup of the season.

He said: 'I understand that the other teams try to kill the other teams and to anticipate the situation, and this is the real transfer market - not to wait until the last moment to buy the players.

  • Ricardo Clara