Alexis Sanchez star appears to be in the middle of a Manchester-based transfer tug-of-war, with Jose Mourinho hinting at a possible swoop.
Sanchez is in the final six months of his contract at Arsenal had been expected to move to United’s local rivals Manchester City, not until Manchester United emerged as genuine rivals to City.
Mourinho’s side are said to have presented Arsenal with a better offer than City, and although Mourinho claims it was not in the club’s plans to sign players in January, he acknowledged that fantastic opportunities are worth pursuing whenever they present themselves.
“Let’s say we have three targets in the summer – a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player,” Mourinho told reporters.
“If in the winter you do one of the three, then in the summer you do three minus one. If we do something now, we don’t do it in the summer again.
“Our plan was not to have new players in January. We build a squad with this idea and I share this philosophy with [executive vice-chairman] Mr. [Ed] Woodward and the owners.
“But if there is a fantastic opportunity on the table, you fight for that fantastic opportunity. If it happens, it happens.”