'Soon or never': Alexis Sanchez signing is 'so close', says Mourinho

Alan Smith told Sky Sports News that his sources have told him Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is close to signing a new contract

"Manchester City have wanted to sign Sanchez since the summer and, if no deal is done in January, they will be waiting for him at the end of the season", Keown told the Daily Mail.

However, had Liverpool had their way, Sanchez may well have been travelling to the north-west to join them rather than rivals United.

Armenian worldwide Mkhitaryan has fallen down the pecking order under boss Jose Mourinho, and was left out of United's squad for their 3-0 win over Stoke City on Monday.

"Expect soon or never", Mourinho said. "I think it is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen it's not going to happen". So close that if it doesn't happen, it's not going to happen.

"The one thing I do know about footballers is that they talk about money", Whiteside said.

'It was already quite advanced so I didn't want to be in the position where I tried with him and he has to go back, so he doesn't play.




Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be the player departing Old Trafford for the Emirates, and further reports suggest that the entire deal will be a straight swap, with no financial incentives on offer from any side.

Sanchez has agreed to a huge deal with United that will see him earn in excess of £350,000-a-week while the agents of both he and Mkhitaryan will benefit greatly from the transfer. "It is a possibility".

"I didn't take him because there is a question of him moving to Manchester United and you can not drive up north and as well play football", said Wenger. You can not drive up north and as well play football.

Likewise, Sanchez last featured for the Gunners in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea, coming on for the last 24 minutes as a substitute in a scoreless draw.

Wenger has been criticised by Borussia Dortmund chiefs, however, for indulging in discussion about the merits of their striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is a transfer target.

The Gunners have made the Gabon worldwide a top target for the winter window, but they are yet to agree a fee despite having personal terms thrashed out.

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