Wenger Insists On Sanchez Stay, Hopes Wilshere Is Fit For Bournemouth Clash

Wenger Insists On Sanchez Stay, Hopes Wilshere Is Fit For Bournemouth Clash

The striker is desperate to move on with his career but Arsene Wenger made it clear at his pre-Bournemouth press conference that no sale will happen unless the Gunners sign a replacement.

But stories broke ahead of Mourinho's Friday media briefing that City were unwilling to meet Arsenal's £35m asking price for Sanchez, opening up the prospect of a lucrative switch to Old Trafford for the Chile worldwide.

Manchester United will put a bid in for Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic if their Premier League rivals also express an interest, according to the Independent.

"If Manchester United bought Sanchez it would be a major-major signing", he said.

Averaging 2.80 completed take-ons per 90 minutes, Sane has more success beating players than Sanchez - who averages 2.40 at Arsenal this season.

City understand Sanchez is keen to leave the Emirates Stadium in the current transfer window but they will not be pressured into overpaying by the player's representatives, Arsenal or by the interest of any other club.

Sanchez has been a long-time target for City but it is understood that the Premier League leaders feel the overall cost to sign the forward this month - including transfer fee, agent costs and wage demands - is now too high and must come down.

Predicted Arsenal XI vs Bournemouth
Predicted Arsenal XI vs Bournemouth

"I maintain what I've said many times".

"A bidding war is always beneficial to the club who can take advantage of it", Wenger told reporters. His contract expires at the end of the season and it appears as though he will leave the club this month, with one of the Manchester teams his most likely destination. At the moment, nothing is decided one way or another.

"I said hello." Conte said about the situation.

That form has helped propel Guardiola's side to the top of the Premier League and into the last 16 of the Champions League. "I'm focused on Liverpool". I understand the question, you do your job, you know my answer.

United prefer to do business in summer and, if Sánchez does end up at Old Trafford in this window, it will only mean there is no need to strengthen the front end of the team in six months.

But Wenger played down talk of a move saying: "He is a good player but nothing is happening".