EPL: Guardiola speaks on Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez transfer saga

It is not often that Manchester United fail to sign their top transfer target but over the last couple of seasons, the Red Devils have not been the same kind of super-power in the transfer market, that they once used to be.

Arsene Wenger is hopeful the blow of Alexis Sanchez's impending exit from Arsenal will be softened by Mesut Ozil agreeing a new deal.

When asked whether Alexis would stay if a replacement is not found, Wenger added: 'You sum it up very well.

Even amid a bad run of form for Sanchez, Wenger insisted he had no doubts over his charge. But we want to keep Jack, and we have an opportunity maybe to keep Ozil.

United are said to have made a £25m (€282.m) bid for Sanchez on Thursday (11 January), with reports claiming Mourinho is confident his side can beat neighbours Manchester City to one of the biggest deals of the January transfer window.

But Sanchez wants to win.

"He's won trophies with us. That's normal when you're at that level".

And Neville, speaking on Friday, noted that pinching Sanchez from under Man City's nose would serve as an emphatic statement.

"What is a player's calculation? I think, in two or three weeks he'll be ready and with us".

"I don't rule it out - at the back, in midfield or upfront", he said. "What do the agents do?"

"So that slowly is killing the transfers, and you will have more and more players going to the end of their contract because of that".

"One of the big successes in Spain is the people speak more than usual about the game, what happens on the pitch".

"It is something you can not change". "You conclude that", he said.

"I read somewhere Jose shouldn't be going for Sanchez, because it would be another kick in the teeth if he loses to Man City".

Wenger has been linked with Bordeaux's Brazilian forward Malcom and Thomas Lemar of Monaco as replacements for Sanchez. But Wenger expects to stay until at least until 2019, when his current deal expires.

But the Frenchman was adamant that he's committed to seeing out his contract.

The Chilean worldwide was poised to join Pep Guardiola's City over the summer but the deal collapsed on the deadline day. Never. So why should I now?

"I have been here for 21 years and I am always committed to my contract". The likes of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford are all make-shift players in this role and Pulisic will give the club a different dimension in attack. "If I do that, I should have a good future'". You have to try and that's it.

Vanessa Coleman