Mourinho replies when asked if Man United are signing ‘phenomenal’ 29-year-old
Jose Mourinho discusses the reports linking Manchester United with a bid for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez
Jose Mourinho remained coy when quizzed directly about the speculation linking Manchester United with a January transfer swoop to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.
The Red Devils have emerged as possible contenders for Sanchez’s signature this month as the speculation about his future at Arsenal continues.
Manchester City have long been linked with a move to sign Sanchez this month but it seems that the Red Devils could also be potentially interested in luring him to Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old is in the final few months of his contract at The Emirates and the Gunners risk losing him for free in the summer unless they opt to cash in this month.
Mourinho was asked directly about the speculation linking Manchester United with a bid to sign Sanchez this month on Friday and he refused to rule out a move for the attacker.
Speaking at his news conference at Carrington on Friday, Mourinho said: “At the general level, I can say I told you myself, the Manchester United owners don’t believe in the January market.
“We don’t believe in signing a player just to do something. What we believe is some players in football world, if you have a chance to sign them – it doesn’t matter if it is in January, March or July – you have to try.
“But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don’t say a word. The only word I can say is the same that everybody says – he’s a phenomenal player.
“I don’t think it’s ethical or correct to be speaking about players of other clubs.
“If somebody speaks of one of my players, to tell we are interested or not interested – this kind of thing – I wouldn’t be very happy. Sanchez is an Arsenal player.”
Manchester United are currently preparing for their Premier League clash against Stoke City at Old Trafford on Monday night.
The Red Devils are aiming to get as close to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table as possible as they look to catch their bitter local rivals.