LONDON: Arsene Wenger said on Friday there is nothing “concrete” on Alexis Sanchez’s future despite reported interest from both Manchester clubs but stated he will only be sold this month if Arsenal can find a replacement.
Sanchez, out of contract at the end of the season, is expected to leave the north London club during the transfer window with young Bordeaux forward Malcom linked with a move to the Emirates.
Pep Guardiola’s bid to buy Sanchez collapsed at the end of the summer transfer window and City were widely expected to make another move for the Chile forward.
But Jose Mourinho’s United have reportedly thrown their hat into the ring, bidding around Â£25 million ($34 million, 28 million euros) to trump City’s Â£20 million offer as they seek to bolster their forward options and deny their bitter rivals.When asked if United were interested in signing the player, Wenger said “nothing is really concrete at the moment”.
Questioned as to whether there was any truth in the rumour, the Arsenal manager was coy.“You conclude that,” he said. “You could say that at the moment... it’s not that I don’t want to inform you, I don’t want to give you wrong information.”Wenger admitted a bidding war could help Arsenal but said that was not the current situation.