Jose Mourinho has responded to claims that Manchester United want to sign Alexis Sanchez.
United have emerged as contenders for Sanchez’s signature after it seemed that Manchester City would have a free run at the Arsenal forward.
City have pulled out of the race due to what they perceive as excessive funds involved in a deal to sign the Chilean, leaving United as the frontrunners.
Mourinho was quizzed about the situation on Friday, but was coy on speculation.
“I don’t know if it’s ethical or correct to be speaking about players of other clubs,” Mourinho said.
“If somebody speaks about one of my players to say they are interested or not interested, I wouldn’t be very, very happy.
“Sanchez is an Arsenal player. I don’t know but, probably this weekend, he’s 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 doing 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, March or 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 that he’s a phenomenal player, apart from that Arsenal player, and I feel I shouldn’t say much more than this.”