Man City pull out of Alexis Sanchez race as Chelsea enter

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia celebrates scoring with teammates

Amid talk of the club being on pole position to rope in Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United displayed a clinical performance to trounce struggling Stoke City 3-0 in an English Premier League (EPL) clash at a rainy Old Trafford here.

Manchester City pulled out of the race for Sanchez last night, which made Manchester United the favourites to sign the winger from Arsenal despite late interest from Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger confirmed he expects Alexis Sanchez's future to be resolved imminently after the Arsenal forward was left out of his side's 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth.

City have decided not to up their offer as they feel the figures are excessive for a 29-year-old who is out of contract in 5 months so United are now firmly in pole position to sign the Chilean global.

And there was speculation on Monday that Mourinho was prepared to let United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move south to Arsenal in order to help get the deal done. This season he started very well and then he came a little bit down. Chelsea also desperately need some firepower in the attack as they are they have now played out three back-to-back goalless draws, the first time in their history.

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"The transfer market, as you know, I refer you to the club", he said.

The agent, who counts Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku among his clients, says he proposed the "Sanchez to Old Trafford, Mkhitaryan to Arsenal" deal more than six weeks ago.

He could also be included in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, according to widespread reports.

"I played with Paul Lambert on my Scotland debut which makes me feel old, he has done good jobs in hard circumstances in the Premier League. We just have to focus on ourselves, keep winning and I think we will be okay". I don't know what is going to happen in this transfer window. Mourinho hinted that a move for the player could be on cards but didn't confirm whether he will be included in the Sanchez deal while adding that he is keen on keeping him at the club. Is he going to be involved in a deal and leave us?

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