London - Manchester United appeared to be closing in on Arsenal forward Alexis
Sanchez on Monday, leading the chase to sign the Chile international
ahead of long-time suitors and local rivals Manchester City.
the transfer goes ahead it would be the second blockbuster move of the
January transfer window involving Premier League clubs following
Philippe Coutinho's big-money move from Liverpool to Barcelona.
29, looks to have played his last game for Arsenal, with manager Arsene
Wenger saying on Sunday that his move could be confirmed "in the next
However there is uncertainty as to whether he will pick the red or blue half of Manchester.
Guardiola's City, whose move for the player collapsed at the end of the
summer transfer window, are understood to be reluctant to pay a
reported fee in the region of 35 million for a player who is out of contract at the end of the season.
boss Jose Mourinho has done nothing to rule out United's interest in
Sanchez, calling him a "phenomenal player" and admitting that if there
is a "fantastic opportunity" to sign a top player in the January
transfer window, the club would be interested.
captain Alan Shearer said the signing would be a huge coup for United
because he has been a Guardiola target for some time.
know what Sanchez is thinking but my guess - and it is a guess - is
that he will choose City," Shearer said on the BBC website, adding that
the player knows Guardiola from his time at Barcelona and would be
joining the best team in the country.
But he admitted the forward
would walk into United's team while he would not necessarily be an
automatic choice in City's star-studded line-up.
League leaders City boast an dazzling array of attacking talent with the
likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Raheem Sterling,
Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero vying for places.
certainly feature for City, who lost their unbeaten Premier League
record at Anfield on Sunday, as they chase silverware on four fronts but
he would struggle to pin down a permanent starting berth at the Etihad.
United, who are 15 points behind City, also have an impressive
selection of forwards but Sanchez could expect more playing time
alongside Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford, with doubts growing over the
future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his recent return from a
Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014
and in a stellar 2016/17 campaign scored 30 goals and made 17 assists,
though his form has since dipped.
His loss would be a major blow
for Arsenal, who face losing another big-name player to one of the
Manchester clubs, with Sanchez likely to follow the path taken by Robin
van Persie, who swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford in 2012.
A number of Arsenal players have also joined City in recent years including Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Kolo Toure.
left Sanchez out of his squad to face Bournemouth on Sunday, where they
slipped to a damaging 2-1 defeat, leaving them eight points off the top
Arsenal themselves have been linked with a 35 million move
for Bordeaux forward Malcom but Wenger, who said the club would need a
replacement if Sanchez were to leave, refused to confirm his interest in