Forward Alexis Sanchez has been left out of Arsenal's Premier League match at Bournemouth on Sunday. "If somebody speaks about one of my players, to say we are interested or not, I wouldn't be very happy". After scoring 30 goals last season for Arsenal, his form this season has been below-par.
Paper Round's view: United and City now seem to be prepared to use the winter transfer deal not for minor deals, but for major parts of their spending.
If nothing else, United have to keep City honest in their pursuit of the league leaders.
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.
First-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki is now in charge of affairs after Hughes' assistant Mark Bowen also left the club. While Sanchez may be more of a finished product, I'm not entirely sure it's worth sanctioning a £250,000-a-week contract for Sanchez when Sane is performing so well.More news: Halep leads host of contenders for Serena's crown
For many Arsenal fans, the Alexis Sanchez era at The Emirates is over.
Bordeaux president Stephane Martin claimed last month that Malcom would not be sold this winter, but with the club languishing in 13th place in Ligue 1, there can not be too much incentive for the player himself to want to stay. In-form Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will join him, while Juan Mata is expected to get the nod over Marcus Rashford on the right of the attack. About the future of Sanchez in particular, Wenger, although claiming the club wants to keep the star, appears to have thrown in the towel.
United are reportedly ready to offer Henrikh Mkhitaryan plus cash to bring Sanchez to Old Trafford and the immediate replacement might intrigue Arsenal.
ESPN has claimed that the Premier League leaders will forego bringing the Chile worldwide to the Etihad in January, after they were quoted too high a fee for the 29-year-old from the Gunners. Mourinho is no exception - and he spoke in glowing terms about the trip's value to his exhausted players: "It was very good".
"But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don't say a word".
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Arsene Wenger has said there is no bidding war between Manchester City and Manchester United over Alexis Sanchez.