- Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Alexis Sanchez in January
- But Jose Mourinho's Manchester United have weighed in with a late £25m bid
- United are also willing to include Henrikh Mkhitaryan in any potential deal
Manchester United have made a bid to sign Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal as José Mourinho attempts to scupper Manchester City’s hopes of securing the arrival of the Chile forward this month.
The Chilean was left on the substitutes bench for the Gunners’ Carabao Cup semi-final cash with Chelsea on Wednesday sparking rumours his departure from the Emirates Stadium will be sooner rather than later.
City have been long-term admirers of the 29-year-old, but with money to burn, it seems Liverpool and French big-spenders Paris St Germain are also keen.
However, it is Manchester United that are showing the most interest now with Sky Italy claiming they have made contact with Sanchez's representatives over a deal.
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Their proposal would also see Sánchez earn more than he has been offered by City, with Mourinho believed to be confident of winning the race despite the forward having played under Guardiola at Barcelona.
Manchester United is also willing to offer Armenian star Henrik Mhkitaryan in the Sanchez deal, the former Dortmund star has struggled this season.
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Meanwhile, Arsène Wenger is keen on signing Malcom from Bordeaux as a direct replacement for Sánchez and has held preliminary talks with his agent this week.
The Brazilian forward is understood to have another firm proposal to leave this month, although it is understood not to have come from either United or Tottenham, who have both been linked with the 20-year-old in recent weeks.
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