Manchester City are willing to miss out on signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez this month, while Jose Mourinho has done little to dampen speculation Manchester United could swoop instead.
The Chile forward, out of contract in the summer, has been a long-time target of Premier League leaders City but Press Association Sport understands they view the current asking price to acquire Sanchez in January as too great.
It is believed the cost quoted – including transfer, wages and agent fees – is in the region of £35million and City, who are hopeful an agreement can be struck for around £20million, are prepared to walk away from the deal if it does not come down.
They are also unconcerned if that opens the door for another club, with Mourinho having refused to dismiss possible interest from United.
“I don’t think it’s correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez,” the Portuguese said.
“At the general level, what I can say is that myself and the Manchester United board, we don’t believe a lot in the January market. We don’t believe in signing players just to sign a player, just to do something. We don’t believe in that.
“What we believe really is that there are some players in the football world, if you have a chance to sign them, it doesn’t matter if it is in January, March or July, you have to try.
“But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don’t…