MOURINHO CALLS SANCHEZ OVER POSSIBLE SWITCH TO MANCHESTER UNITED
Jose Mourinho has phoned Alexis Sanchez about a possible move to Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
Chilean TV show ‘El Show de Prensafutbol’ claim that the wantaway Arsenal star has been contacted by both Mourinho and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who worked with Sanchez at Barcelona.
Premier League leaders Chelsea are keen to sign the 28-year-old at the end of the season, while French giants PSG want him to play alongside Edinson Cavani and Angel di Maria.
But Mourinho could be in the market for a new attacker when the transfer window opens, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic yet to commit his future to the Old Trafford club.
Wayne Rooney is also likely to leave United this summer, making a big-money move for Sanchez a possibility as Mourinho looks to turn the club into title winners once again.
Sanchez, who has a little over a year left on his current deal at the Emirates, has rejected fresh terms worth £180,000-a-week.
The former Barca star and his team-mate Mesut Ozil are holding out for £250,000-a-week, but the Gunners may choose to cash-in on the duo this summer rather than risk losing them for nothing next year.
Sanchez told media in his homeland last week that he expected to see out his contract at Arsenal and wanted to stay in London ‘but for a team with a winning mentality’.
‘I am happy in London and I hope to finish my contract with Arsenal. Hopefully Arsenal can push to win the big titles,’ he told El Grafico.
Speaking about Sanchez’s contract situation before Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory against West Ham, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: ‘He has one and a half years of contract, I don’t see what suddenly all that debate is about. We are professional football people, I don’t understand.
‘Our job is to perform as long as we are somewhere, when I sign a contract I commit until the last day of my contract. And that is what it is to be professional.
‘So I do not understand this kind of anxiety one and a half years before the end of contracts. It’s absolutely denying what a professional guy is about