Alexis Sanchez has been left out of the Arsenal squad for Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth as a move away from the Emirates draws nearer.
Sanchez, 29, reportedly has a groin strain and did not travel with the rest of the Gunners squad to the south coast — but he trained on Saturday.
Wenger finally admitted in his news conference on Friday that he does not expect Sanchez to sign a new contract, with his deal expiring in the summer.
Manchester City had been expected to complete a deal for the player this month, but now Manchester United appear to have moved into pole position to seal a £30 million transfer.
City reportedly pulled out after refusing to meet Arsenal’s £35m valuation.
Jose Mourinho said on Friday: “Sanchez is an Arsenal player, I don’t know but probably this weekend he is 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 Manchester United board, owners, we don’t believe a lot in the January market we don’t believe in sign a player just to sign a player, just to do 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 he is a phenomenal player, apart from that Arsenal player and I feel I shouldn’t say much more than this.”
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