Man City Prepared To Miss Out On Alexis Sanchez Over Fee

"I don't know but probably this weekend he is going to defend Arsenal colours, so I don't think it's correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez".

"Yes. There is still an opportunity for him to stay". "So they want a combination of the two, which big clubs can give them".

Ex-Manchester United forward Andy Ritchie admits that it would have been surprising if Jose Mourinho had not shown an interest in signing wantaway Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

The Premier League leaders have always been linked with signing the Chilean forward, and had a reported £60m offer for him accepted by Arsenal on deadline day last summer.

Paper Round's view: Retaining Ozil for Arsenal would be vital, because it would be a blow to lose both their best players in such a short space of time.

"What we believe really is there are some players in the football world if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try and that's it".

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The 29-year-old former Barcelona forward is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium this summer and has been linked with a January switch to City.

Wenger would no doubt find it unpalatable to lose a player of Sanchez's quality to Jose Mourinho, but the comparison falls down thereafter. 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.

"If he has an option now to go from Arsenal to Manchester City or Manchester United, as a footballer who wanted to win trophies and be judged on trophies, Manchester City looks like the place to go".

City, who now sit a remarkable 15 points clear off second-placed United in the English top flight, are also just one game away from the Carabao Cup final and one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.

Merson understands why United have joined the chase, but feels failure to secure Sanchez could end up doing serious damage to the reputation of both the club and their manager. Ozil can talk to clubs outside England and agree a pre-contract or move to the club of his choice when he becomes a free agent in the summer.

Mourinho has been quick to deny reports that he could walk away from United at the end of this season, and he was full of smiles at his press conference on Friday afternoon. Do I stay for one year or ten years it is exactly the same. "Never. Why should I change?"

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