Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: Can't stop Man City from signing Alexis Sanchez

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United taking both from the Emirates would be a stunning piece of Premier League history and could prove to be the final nail in the coffin for Arsene Wenger in the eyes of some Gooners. A change of scenery to Stoke, who often give their managers plenty of money to work with, might be an appealling switch.

In discussing the topic, Mourinho heaped so much praise on the Gunners forward that he implicitly confirmed the reports by multiple outlets that United are in fact in the race to acquire his signature.

Mourinho is expected to sell player Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the manager and player have not seen eye to eye since the attacker's benching. So he's got more opportunities to win trophies there. But we want to keep Jack, and we have an opportunity maybe to keep Ozil. His FPL play has been incredibly frustrating.

Too many have underperformed this season, and it might well turn out to be a bad time to play the Potters from United's point of view. I am not going (to speak about it). "That's normal when you're at that level".

But the German is ready for the challenge, and welcomes the potential arrival. OK, the club wants 50 million or 60 million.

"But if Sanchez chooses to go to City, that's a real custard pie to United". It will not happen.

"I said hello", replied Conte with a smile. "What do the agents do?" We build a squad with this idea and I share this philosophy with [executive vice-chairman] Mr. [Ed] Woodward and the owners.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: Can't stop Man City from signing Alexis Sanchez

"It doesn't matter who he is".

After months of avoiding questions over Sanchez's future, Wenger has finally admitted that the Chilean will leave the Gunners.

Mourinho's United are understood to have thrown their hat into the ring, bidding around 25 million to trump City's 20 million offer as they seek to bolster their forward options and deny their bitter rivals. Every one of us is playing really well right now and everyone has confidence.

City's stance has been influenced to some extent by the news that Gabriel Jesus is likely to return to action in the next two to three weeks, according to Guardiola, which has alleviated some of the club's need to sign another striker this month.

Asked if he was more optimistic that Ozil will agree a new deal than he was last summer, Wenger replied: "Yes".

Manchester City were believed to be favourites to sign the Chile international thanks to their position in the Premier League and the relationship Sanchez already has with manager Pep Guardiola.