Mourinho confirms United interest in Alexis Sanchez

With Sanchez's wage demands around £300,000-a-week, City are prepared to pull the plug.

Dwight Yorke has described Alexis Sanchez as the "spark" Manchester United are missing, urging his former club to sign the coveted forward from Arsenal this month ahead of rivals Manchester City.

"Apart from that, (he's an) Arsenal player, I feel I shouldn't say much more than this". Arsene Wenger has refused to discuss the reports linking his star player to United but stressed that he will only be allowed to leave if they bring in a player to fill his position. 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.

Mourinho also wasn't keen to speak about the Sanchez reports, claiming it would be disrespectful to talk about another club's player.

"At the general level, I can say I told you myself, the Manchester United owners don't believe in the January market".

Asked about Sanchez, he said: "I understand completely why you ask this question; it's your job". "You could say that at the moment.it's not that I don't want to inform you, I don't want to give you wrong information and at the moment I must say nothing is decided one way or the other".

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According to ESPN, City are ready to walk away from a deal basically because they want to pay £20 million, while Arsenal want £35 million. "There are lots of already strong teams in the Premier League, not like in other leagues where it is hard for the top sides to lose points, and there is a very important difference of points between first and second".

"I don't think any of the teams near the top - Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and ourselves - are thinking they can spend money this January to close the gap". Mourinho said: "What we believe is there are some players in the football world where, if you have a chance to sign them, whether it is in January, March or July, then you have to try".

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Arsenal next play Bournemouth on Sunday in the league, while Manchester United host Stoke and City travel to face Liverpool.

On Ozil, who wore a snood during Friday's training session, Wenger said: "We are still talking and there is still an opportunity for him to stay".

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