Wenger denies Manchester bidding war for Arsenal star Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez has dominated the transfer gossip pages in the last few days, particularly now that Manchester United have reportedly entered the fray.

According to Sky Italy, the Red Devils are interested in making a move for the Chile international, who has been heavily linked to Manchester City for some time.

It was widely expected that the attacker, who will come to the end of his current Arsenal contract in the summer, was poised to join Pep Guardiola’s title-challenging side.

Recent reports have suggested that it may not be as straightforward as first anticipated, with United now in contention.

However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has attempted to play down the speculation by insisting that the two Manchester rivals are not fighting it out for Sanchez’s signature.

According to talkSPORT, the Frenchman told reporters:

“A bidding war is always beneficial to the club who can take advantage of it. We are not in that. I maintain what I’ve said many times. Normally, he should stay here until the end of the season but we’ll see.”

Sanchez’s contract situation means that he is eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club before the end of the month.

If Arsenal do not sell Sanchez in this window then they will not receive a fee for the Chilean come the summer.

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