Jose Mourinho: 'Alexis Sanchez is a phenomenal player'

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Jose Mourinho: 'Alexis Sanchez is a phenomenal player'

Jose Mourinho believes there are some players in world football a club must sign when the chance arises, regardless of circumstances, amid claims Manchester United have stolen a march on Manchester City in pursuit of Alexis Sanchez.

City boss, Pep Guardiola disclosed this on Friday at a news conference in England ahead of tomorrow's Premier league clash against Newcastle.

Sanchez, out of contract at the end of the season, is poised to leave the north London club this month with Manchester City and Manchester United both in the race to sign him.

What Arsenal do have to consider carefully is who they replace Sanchez with - and potentially Theo Walcott, of course, who is in talks with Everton over a permanent deal too.

David Ornstein confirmed on Thursday evening that Arsenal look set to lose Alexis Sanchez this January and that the Gunners have identified their replacement: Malcom.

Guardiola said: "When we play Basel in the Champions League, he could be ready".

And City are not concerned if this stance opens up a route for arch-rivals Manchester United, to step in.

"No, it doesn't worry me personally", the Germany worldwide said in quotes reported by The Guardian. However, during his pre-match presentation before the match against Bournemouth, Arsene Wenger went on to say, "Look, honestly, I can not tell you much more at the moment about this situation. I am focused on Liverpool".

Chelsea were heavily linked with Sanchez in the summer transfer window but have cooled their interest in recent weeks, with the board refusing to match the attacker's £400,000-a-week wage demands.

"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".

"A bidding war is always beneficial to the club who can take advantage of it", Wenger told reporters.

They'll even go as far as giving up Henrikh Mkhitaryan on top of cash, meaning Sanchez is left with a choice of forcing through a move to City or jumping to the team happy to pay the big money.

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