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Alexis Sánchez move to Manchester United ‘so close’, says José Mourinho

  • ‘If you ask me if he is coming, I think so,’ says Man Utd manager
  • Arsène Wenger: ‘I expect it to happen but I cannot announce it’

José Mourinho said he was cautiously optimistic about Manchester United landing Alexis Sánchez while Arsène Wenger confirmed the Arsenal player is “up north” and suggested a move is close. Manchester United’s manager backed United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, to secure Sánchez in a transfer worth around £60m.

“If you ask me if he is coming, I think so, but I have no confirmation. I expect it soon or never,” Mourinho said. “It is so close – so close that if it doesn’t happen it’s not going to happen. So I am positive. I know my people are doing everything they can. The owners [Glazers] with the green light, Mr Woodward working hard with Matt Judge [head of corporate finance] and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful.”

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