Arsene Wenger admits that Alxis Sanchez could leave Arsenal this month but the manager remained coy over speculation of a bid from Manchester United.
Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has been heavily linked with Manchester City, with the Chilean close to reuniting with Pep Guardiola at the end of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal kept the attacker, though, and recent reports suggest United are keen to capitalise.
The Red Devils are said to have made a higher opening bid for Sanchez, with Jose Mourinho understood to fancy his chances of landing the 29-year-old.
The two clubs gave little away when they were asked for comment on Thursday and, in his press conference to preview the weekend clash with Bournemouth, Wenger remained similarly cagey.
“I cannot say much more about the situation,” he replied to requests for an update over Sanchez. “Nothing is concrete at the moment.
“It is not that I don’t want to inform you, it is that I don’t want to give you the wrong information. Nothing is decided.”
Wenger was asked which of Mourinho or Guardiola he would rather work for if he were an attacking player.
“If I was a player, I would stay where I am with 100 percent commitment,” he responded.
Having been linked with a move for Bordeaux winger Malcolm, the Arsenal boss was then asked how he would go about replacing Sanchez, should he leave this month.
“Do we find exactly the same player? Certainly not. But there are always ways to find the balance.
“He is an exceptional player and if that happens, we must find a different balance in the team.
“I cannot tell you what I don’t know. I like to be a bit vague and use my experience to not talk about things I cannot back up.”
It was then suggested that Arsenal might not sanction a move for Sanchez if a replacement could not be recruited this month.
“You summed it up very well,” he replied.