Sanchez Undergoing Manchester United Medical Now, Unveiling 'Likely On Tuesday'

Jose Mourinho is confident his protracted pursuit of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is nearing a conclusion at long last.

"This kind of thing is better when it's secret and you announce it when it's over the line", he said when asked about the Borussia Dortmund striker.

"I think everybody is giving everything they can and I think we're going to be successful".

United has reportedly offered Sanchez a contract worth more than $A695,000 a week but Wenger refused to criticise the proposed sums on offer at Old Trafford.

The original Daily Mail write-up was bashed by Oliver Holt, who went on to say that it wasn't as if Sanchez was joining Wycombe Wanderers.

"Manchester City have wanted to sign Sanchez since the summer and, if no deal is done in January, they will be waiting for him at the end of the season", Keown told the Daily Mail. An announcement is expected imminently, though may be held up because both Sanchez and Mkhitaryan are non-EU players and thus their work permits require ratification at their new clubs before it can be made official.

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"I am not the guy with the mathematics", said City boss Pep Guardiola. "I think it's so close, so close". Congratulations to both of them.

The three points ensures that they remain ahead of Liverpool, who play on Monday, as well as Chelsea, who won decisively against Brighton yesterday. There's nothing to add.

The win meant second-placed United kept the pressure up on Premier League leaders Manchester City, but the gap still remains at 12 points after City beat Newcastle 3-1 on Saturday evening. It was a pleasure to be with him at Barcelona.

Meanwhile, United are close to reaching an agreement with Mourinho over a new contract to extend his Old Trafford stay beyond 2019.

"We know that when we can put him [Martial] in the one-on-one situation with the full-back [Phil Bardsley], it's hard for the full-back because he has so many attributes - he can go inside, he can go outside, he can shoot to the far post and he can shoot like he did today to the front post".

  • Tabitha Byrd