Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Manchester United want Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford

Manchester United want Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford

'At the general level what I can say is myself and the Manchester United board, the owners, we don't believe a lot in the January market, we don't believe in signing a player just to sign a player, just to do something, we don't believe in that.

"I think it's a good investment because we are talking about a top player and I'm hearing that the amount is around £20m".

Wenger said Sanchez would only be allowed to leave if they could get a new signing over the line - the club have been linked with young Bordeaux forward Malcom.

The Brazilian will presumably play in Sanchez's position on the way where he will probably get in on his right foot to incisively pass or shoot. "I have great admiration for great players, I think Alexis Sanchez is one of these players".

Averaging 2.80 completed take-ons per 90 minutes, Sane has more success beating players than Sanchez - who averages 2.40 at Arsenal this season.

The two Premier League bosses have traded barbs since the new year after Mourinho's comment that he did not feel the need to behave like "a clown" during games touched a nerve with Conte.

City, responding to this, have ended their pursuit and it seems Manchester United are now the only interested team.

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Manchester United want Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford

The Chilean looks set to miss out on his desired move to rivals Manchester City after they admitted defeat in the race for the player. You reduce the number of players or increase the wages trying to fight with massive clubs as the difference in wages between the big, big clubs financially, I speak, and us has become big.

I don't want to give you wrong information.

Jose Mourinho has saluted Alexis Sanchez as a "phenomenal" player and did not deny Manchester United want to sign the Arsenal star.

"I understand completely why you ask this question [about Sanchez], it's your job", said Guardiola. Fred is playing in Ukraine, and Pep Guardiola wants to bring him in during the January transfer as he builds for the second half of the season.

"The reason for this is he feels left-back is very hard to get the player he wants - Alex Sandro - because of the price Juventus are asking for".

If Sanchez ends up staying at Arsenal this month, which is very possible, City will fancy their chances of landing him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Atletico Madrid and Valencia are also in the mix for his signature but Barcelona, who tried to land him in the summer, are not expected to renew their interest.

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