- Jose Mourinho admits Mkhitaryan could leave Manchester United for Arsenal
- The midfielder is being used as a makeweight for the deal to bring Sanchez to United
- The 28-year-old Armenian midfielder was dropped for the game against Stoke City
Jose Mourinho has admitted that midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan could leave with Alexis Sanchez moving the other way.
Sources close to United have told different news outlets that Manchester City have pulled out of the race to sign the player, Sanchez is closing in on a move to Old Trafford and Mkhitaryan has been offered in the deal to bring the Chilean.
And asked after United's game with Stoke City on Monday, January 16, whether he was confident of signing Sanchez, the United manager would only say he was "relaxed" about the prospect.
Mourinho told a news conference: "Not confident but also not, what is the opposite? Unconfident.
"Just relaxed. We have a feeling he is an Arsenal player, he can stay there but also a feeling he can move and if he moves I think we have a chance, but most probably a player like him has other big clubs interested and who knows.
"I think him, [Arsenal coach Arsene] Wenger, [CEO Ivan] Gazidis, they are the ones who know what is going to happen. I don't know anything about it and I don't have one single information, so let's see what happens."
Arsenal initially asked United to include Anthony Martial in negotiations but they were told the Frenchman is not for sale and that has led the Gunners to turn their attention to Mkhitaryan.
The 28-year-old Armenian midfielder was dropped for the game against Stoke City.
Mkhitaryan joined United from Borussia Dortmund in a £26 million move 18 months ago but has started just two of the last 16 games.
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