Manchester United attempts to hijack City deal for Alexis Sánchez with £25m offer

What Mourinho could do to annoy Pep Guardiola is to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez is ready to play for Manchester City FC.

Reports have been emerged that 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 Chile forward this month.

It is believed that Sánchez has already agreed personal terms worth around £250,000 a week with Pep Guardiola’s side, with City having submitted a £20m offer for the 29-year-old earlier this week. But Arsenal have not responded and it is understood United have since entered the race with a bid in the region of £25m.

Their proposal would also see Sánchez earn more than proposed by City, with Mourinho believed to be confident of winning the race despite the forward having played under Guardiola at Barcelona.

United have offered Arsenal the opportunity to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan, although a stumbling block to that deal could be the Armenian international’s wages, which are believed to be around £200,000 a week.

Arsène Wenger is keen on signing Malcom from Bordeaux as a direct replacement for Sánchez and held preliminary talks with his agent this week. The Brazilian forward is understood to have another firm proposal to leave this month, although not from United or Tottenham, who have both been linked with the 20-year-old in recent weeks.

Bordeaux are demanding a fee of €50m (£44.5m) and would prefer to retain Malcom until the end of the season. The situation is complicated by his ownership status, with the French side reported to own only 50% of his economic rights and the remainder held by a number of agents.

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