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Premier League rivals Manchester United are emerging as surprise favorites for the signature Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez.
The 28-year-old forward who has just a year left on his contract made his intentions known about wanting to leave the Emirates in the last window but it was United’s city rivals Manchester City who were understood to be leading the race for his signature having come close to getting him on deadline day.
The Citizens had a £60million offer accepted by Arsenal, but the Chilean’s move away from the Emirates was blocked as the Gunners were unable to get a replacement before the close of the window.
With City retaining an interest in Sanchez who was determined to move to the Etihad in the summer to be reunited with Pep Guardiola whom he played under during their spell at Barcelona, the blue half of Manchester was understood to be favorites, but recent reports have now indicated that it is the red half who are leading the race for the Chilean’s signature.
According to the Sun via Metro , Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is personally confident he can reach an agreement for the ex-Barcelona attacker and is determined to beat City to the signing.
Though Sanchez will be unable to sign a pre-contract with the Red Devils even in the new year the report further claims that an agreement can be made for the deal to eventually go through at the end of the current campaign.
The development sure has a feeling of Deja vu for Pep Guardiola. The City manager came close to signing Dani Alves for free in the last window, another who played under him at Barcelona, only to lose the player to Paris Saint-Germain despite already agreeing a deal in principle with the Brazilian.