Arsene Wenger gives an update on the future of Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

5, Mourinho has harboured long-term doubts over Mkhitaryan's ability to influence big games and the United manager had been prepared to use the Armenian to tempt Arsenal last summer.

In the summer window previous year, Jose Mourinho hijacked the transfer of Everton's striker Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea and brought him to Old Trafford in a €85 million move.

And Woodward has told Mourinho that he will be given the club's full backing in the transfer market after the Portuguese moaned that the £300m he has already spent on new recruits is not enough.

Alexis Sanchez has been left out of Arsenal travelling squad for the Premier League clash against Bournemouth amid surging rumours that a move to Manchester United is all but done.

However, the league leaders are unwilling to match the Gunners' £35m asking price and there is speculation rivals Manchester United may move in.

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Brazilian outlet Universo Online, as quoted by the Sun, is reporting that the Bordeaux midfielder is wanted by a number of clubs, including both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, and as well as Manchester United.

However, according to the Independent, United could also move for Sanchez's Arsenal team mate, Mesut Ozil.

And while Wenger wrestles with problems on the field, the off-the-pitch saga involving Sanchez is adding to his concerns, with the manager admitting that continuing uncertainty surrounding the striker's future, was the reason he was omitted. They are in the Champions League, they look like they will be in the final of the League Cup and the FA Cup as well potentially.

"I think wages will be no problem at all and I think they [United] are hoping that they might have the sort of deal to bring Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford".

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