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This star could leave if Alexis Sanchez joins Manchester United

14 January 2018

The Mirror have reported that United are leading the race for Sanchez and that they're prepared to pay the Chilean a staggering £350,000 per week.

BT Sports pundit Ferdinand was forced to concede any notion of Sanchez potentially joining his former club United as opposed to City.

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There was also a feeling within Old Trafford that Arsenal, and manager Arsene Wenger, would not sanction a sale to United and Mourinho due to the embarrassment caused by Robin van Persie's success in a United shirt following his move there in 2012 and, perhaps more significantly, the long-running tension between Mourinho and Wenger. When at his best, the Chile global is one of the most decisive players in the world, and his pace and skill can upset any defensive line.

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".

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Then along came Manchester United, who were willing to better City's offer with a £35 million bid of their own or a part exchange involving Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Naturally, United fans loved Ferdinand's tweet and have forgiven him for suggesting Sanchez should join City instead. "These guys want to win, and they want to make money as well".

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The Brazilian, who can play wide right or left, is an outstanding technical player though Arsenal recognise he will take time to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League. Incidentally he's won trophies with us. Guardiola's team are more comfortable with the player completing his left 6-months contract at the Emirates to get him for free.