Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger both expect Alexis Sanchez to join Manchester United imminently but the Arsenal boss says the move hinges on Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Sanchez was omitted from Wenger’s squad for the 4-1 win over Crystal Palace after which the Gunners manager confirmed that the Chilean had been given the green light to travel to Manchester for a medical with the Red Devils.
After United’s win at Burnley, Mourinho also admitted that the Sanchez saga was nearing its completion – one way or another.
“I expect soon or never,” Mourinho said. “I think is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn’t happen it’s not going to happen, so I am positive.
“I know my people are doing everything they can, the owners with the green light, Ed Woodward working hard and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful.”
Wenger shared Mourinho’s optimism that a deal will go through, but the Arsenal boss insists Sanchez will only go to Old Trafford if Mkhitryan agrees to be part of a swap deal.
After leaving Sanchez out of his matchday squad for the win over Palace, Wenger said: I didn’t take him because there is question of him moving to Manchester United and you cannot drive up north and as well play football. That’s difficult so that’s why I decided to leave him out.
“I expect it to happen maybe but I cannot announce it because in the next 48 hours it will be decided one way or the other. In these kind of things, as long as it’s not over the line you cannot say it will happen because the negotiations become more and more longer and edgy because every detail becomes important nowadays.
“If you want to have a bet, it could happen.
When asked about the swap with Mkhitaryan, Wenger replied: “It happens only one way, if the other way happens as well, that’s why it takes longer as well because it has to be co-ordinated.”