Sources: Man United monitor Alexis Sanchez situation, expect City deal

Sources: Man United monitor Alexis Sanchez situation, expect City deal”

What is certain is that City are no longer in a one-horse race to sign the 29-year-old and Guardiola's refusal to engage with any questions about Sanchez during his press conference on Friday hinted at growing frustration with the ongoing saga over the player's next move.

Conte was spotted in conversation with the Chilean prior to Chelsea's Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal on Wednesday evening. You sense his first choice remains City, but they have refused to improve their offer given he only has six months left on his contract.

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

"Sanchez is an Arsenal player".

"I don't rule it out". If you look back at Man Utd's big signings over the decades, Cantona came out of the hat, [Robin] Van Persie was a surprise, and they both helped United win titles. Pies can't envisage Arsenal dropping the vast wad required, even though the prospect of a Lacazette-Aubameyang front pairing with Mesut Ozil in behind is incredibly enticing. Do you think he should join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City or Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford?

Bookmaker Coral now make it 4-6 that Sanchez will sign for United with City out to 11/4. But Wenger expects to stay until at least until 2019, when his current deal expires. "Normally, we want him to stay until the end of the season, we will see".

The transfers that never were. That's what we all want. The weather is nicer. You know very well how crazy the market is. You conclude that. You could say that at the moment.

The appeal for Sanchez at City is a reunion with Guardiola, after they spent some years together at Barcelona in La Liga - before Sanchez moved to England and Guardiola took charge of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

The attacker joined the German outfit last January and struggled to get going initially.

"When we play Basel in the Champions League, he could be ready". United still have obstacles to overcome, however, if they are to pull of the transfer coup of the season.

"The performance of Alexis Sanchez and the commitment does not depend on the duration of his contract, just depends on the fact when he's on the football pitch he wants to play", Wenger said.

Wenger has been linked with Bordeaux's Brazilian forward Malcom and Thomas Lemar of Monaco as replacements for Sanchez. It would be bad if it did. If somebody speaks of one of my players to say they are interested, I wouldn't be very happy. "We want to be in there".

For City, he would be just the latest luxury item in Guardiola's considerable attacking armoury.

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