Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed the club are in talks to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and that he is “calmly waiting for news”.
“The players and the managers decide what’s best. There’s nothing to add. My opinion on Alexis remains the same. It was a pleasure to be with him in Barcelona – I wish him all the best.”
Mourinho coy on new contract
Meanwhile, United are close to reaching an agreement with Mourinho over a new contract to extend his Old Trafford stay beyond 2019. But the 55-year-old refused to confirm the talks, adding: “My contract ends July 2019, so plenty of time to speak.
“I know that the club is happy and the owners, the board are happy, they know I am happy and when that’s the case one day we decide to do something we will do it easily, but plenty of time.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said it is “likely” the Chile international will join their Premier League rivals. United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to be included in any deal and has not been selected to face Burnley. “There is no point in trying to hide or deny, but it is not done at all,” said Mourinho.”I think clearly everybody knows that we are there and especially when Arsenal manager speaks so clearly like he did.”Sanchez, 29, is out of contract in June and is thought to have agreed to personal terms with the Old Trafford club.
Alexis Sanchez said goodbye to his Arsenal teammates after a dramatic late development in his transfer saga.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger named Sanchez as the 19th man in Arsenal’s squad to face Crystal Palace with players believing he might have been on the bench.But that may have prompted Manchester United to speed up and get the deal done as Henrik Mkhitaryan is also set to join Arsenal after saying his goodbyes after training.Mirror Sport understands that Sanchez got a call and said goodbye to his teammates just before 11pm and left the team hotel.