Saturday 19 January 2019

Agent Mino Raiola say Alexis Sanchez will only sign for Manchester United if Mkhitaryan moves the opposite way

Alexis Sanchez and (inset) Mkhitaryan
Alexis Sanchez and (inset) Mkhitaryan

Liam Blackburn

Manchester United's bid to bring Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford hinges on Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction, according to the Armenian's agent.

United boss Jose Mourinho admitted on Monday night that his side "have a chance" to sign Sanchez in this window, with previous suitors Manchester City understood to have now exited the race for the 29-year-old due to the cost involved.

There has been speculation Mkhitaryan will be offered as a makeweight from United to land Sanchez, and Mourinho left the playmaker out of the squad to face Stoke on Monday due to "doubts about his future".

Mkhitaryan's agent Mino Raiola has now claimed that Sanchez's transfer to United is reliant on his client joining Arsenal as part of the deal.

"Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal," Raiola told The Times.

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"Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract so it's his decision.

"Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not the other way around."

Meanwhile, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte does not think the club are trying to sign Sanchez.

Manchester United appeared favourites for the wantaway Chile forward when Manchester City pulled out of the race on Monday evening, but reports quickly then emerged of Chelsea's interest.

Asked at his press conference on Tuesday if the west London club were actively trying to sign Sanchez, Conte replied: "I don't know. I don't think so. I don't know, but I don't think so."

Conte, speaking ahead of Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay at home to Norwich, was reluctant to discuss the transfer market.

"About the transfer market, I prefer to talk to the club, also to give opinions," he added.

"I repeat: I don't want to give my opinion about the transfer market."

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