Andy Cole urges Jose Mourinho to break the bank for Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United are increasingly confident of winning the race to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with sources telling ESPN FC that Jose Mourinho first raised the prospect of using Henrikh Mkhitaryan as leverage for a deal last summer.

In a move reminiscent of Robin van Persie's betrayal back in 2012, the Chilean has reportedly agreed personal terms ahead of a £30 million move.

Arsene Wenger has since noted that nothing has been decided regarding Sanchez but Gianluca di Marzio claimed on Friday that United were leading the race to secure his signature after Pep Guardiola refused to improve his offer of £20m.

"Don't read too much into it, because even I don't know really what way it will go".

So, when it emerged Sanchez has been left out of the squad, United supporters were quick to express their excitement on Twitter... Until then, here's our match preview:How Arsène Wenger, who will again be peering from the stands, would love a victory after the nightmare in Nottingham.

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Discussions are believed to be underway between Klopp and Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group about lodging a potential bid for Sanchez, although it will be hard for the Merseyside club to persuade the Chilean to move to Anfield due to both City and United being able to offer significantly higher wages than the Reds.

Naturally, United fans loved Ferdinand's tweet and have forgiven him for suggesting Sanchez should join City instead.

The Brazilian, who can play wide right or left, is an outstanding technical player though Arsenal recognise he will take time to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League. "So he has got more opportunities to win trophies there".

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will decide to try and cash-in this month or risk losing him on a free transfer in the summer.

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