Jose Mourinho hails phenomenal Alexis Sanchez and admits Manchester United are ready to pounce

Jose Mourinho confirms Man Utd are in the running to sign 'phenomenal' Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez is being linked with a move to Manchester United (Picture: Reuters)

Jose Mourinho hailed Alexis Sanchez as ‘phenomenal’ and admits Manchester United are obliged to to bid for the Arsenal star in January.

United have emerged as the favourites to sign the Arsenal contract rebel with Manchester City now reluctant to meet Arsenal’s £35million valuation.

Sanchez’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, is also said to be demanding a fee of around £5m and with the player asking for around £300,000-a-week, City are unconvinced the total package represents value for money and Mourinho is ready to pounce.

Jose Mourinho confirms Man Utd are in the running to sign 'phenomenal' Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez – Man Utd or Man City? (Picture: Getty)

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‘I don’t know if ethical or correct,’ Mourinho said. ‘The word we can find to be speaking about players of other clubs. If somebody speaks of one of my players to tell we are interested or we are not interested, I wouldn’t be very, very happy.

‘Sanchez is an Arsenal player, I don’t know but probably this weekend he is going to defend Arsenal colours so I don’t think it’s correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez.

‘At the general level what I can say is myself and the Manchester United board, the owners, we don’t believe a lot in the January market, we don’t believe in signing a player just to sign a player, just to do something, we don’t believe in that.

‘What we believe really is there are some players in football world if you have the chance to sign them in January, in March or in July, you have to try and that’s it.

‘But in relation to Alexis Sanchez I don’t say a word, the only word I can say is he is a phenomenal player, apart from that an Arsenal player and I feel I shouldn’t say much more than this.’

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