Ex-England Boss Claims Alexis Sanchez Will Have Spoken to Jurgen Klopp & Jose Mourinho Ahead of Move

​Arsenal’s superstar Alexis Sanchez will have spoken to both Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho over potential moves to their respective clubs, according to Sky Sports pundit and former England manager Steve McClaren.

Mourinho now looks favourite to land the Chilean’s signature this January; with ​Manchester City apparently conceding in the chase for the £30m-rated forward. ​Arsene Wenger also revealed the player’s future will be resolved within 48 hours.

Liverpool had initially been linked with a move for the 29-year-old, but at this stage a switch to Old Trafford looks imminent.

McClaren claims Sanchez will have spoken to all managers showing an interest this window; including Klopp and Mourinho.

Everybody knows in football behind the scenes there will be a lot of phone calls, a lot of conversations,” he said, speaking to Sky Sports (via ​Express). 

“If it’s the usual route he will have spoken to Mourinho, he would have spoken with Klopp, all the interested parties… He will have decided that one or that one, or I’ll wait.”

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McClaren believes Sanchez will end up choosing the club he wants to ply his trade at for the remainder of his career, despite Wenger’s desire to get a significant sum for his star asset this window:

“Sanchez will end up where he wants to go. He will have had conversations behind the scenes even probably with Manchester City in the summer and for many months.

“He will know which manager he wants to play for and which manager will give him the best chance of developing as a player and winning trophies. He has got a good choice.”

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McClaren spent one year as England manager between 2006 and 2007 and was most recently dismissed as Derby County manager in March of 2017.

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Man Utd & Liverpool Target Reveals He is Ready to Leave PSG With England His Preferred Destination

Lucas Moura has revealed that his time is up at PSG and that he wants a move to the Premier League. 

The 25-year old, who has been a long-time target for the Red Devils as well as other Premier League suitors, including Arsenal and Liverpool, told the Independent: “I do not think I’m going to stay. Unfortunately, it’s the end for me in Paris.” 

“I like the English championship. The English league is the most hotly contested in the world. I’m going to sit down with my family and see what God has decided for me.” 

Moura has made only one start at PSG in Ligue 1 this season with the arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar severely limiting his playing time. The Brazilian international has been at PSG since 2012 when he arrived from São Paulo. 

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After taking time to adjust to European football, Moura came into his own during the last two seasons, recording 31 goals. He helped PSG to begin their dominance of French football as they won Ligue 1 in four successive seasons before being stopped by Monaco last season. 

2017/18 has once again seen PSG dominate the league as they have only lost one game from their opening 20 fixtures and currently 11 points clear of last season’s champions in second place. 

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However, it appears to be the end of the road for Moura who could well be joining Alexis Sanchez in signing for Manchester United in this January transfer window. 

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Guardiola Set for Talks With Man City Over Alexis Sanchez Deal as United’s Swap Proposal Hits Rocks

​Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is set to hold talks with the Citizens’ hierarchy on Monday to reach a conclusion on the club’s pursuit of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

According to ​ESPN, the £35m price tag put on Sanchez could potentially deter Manchester City from making a move for the highly coveted Chilean star, ​leaving city rivals Manchester United as favourites to sign the wantaway Gunners forward.

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According to reports, City are remaining stoic with their £20m valuation of Sanchez. However, Guardiola is set to meet with club chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak, chief executive Ferran Soriano and directior of football Txiki Begiristain in order to discuss the Sanchez transfer.

With Manchester City suffering their first league defeat of the season against Liverpool on Sunday, Guardiola will look to discuss the club’s requirements and whether or not a move for Sanchez is necessary.

While the Citizens view the price tag Arsenal have attached to the 29-year-old as prohibitive, Manchester United are prepared to meet the Gunners’ valuation while also making him the best paid player in the Premier League.

The Red Devils are set to make an offer of Henrikh Mkhitaryan plus cash in order to strike a deal for the Chilean forward however, the move has currently reached an impasse.

According to reports from Chilean publication ​Emol, Mkhtiaryan is ‘not very enthralled’ at the idea of joining Arsenal, as they are a team that ‘has a very low level’.


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As a result, Manchester United will need to work around this speed bump, giving City time to hash out a deal and steal Sanchez from under United’s noses. 

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Manchester United vs Stoke City Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News & More

​Manchester United will be looking to continue their dazzling home form when they face a managerless Stoke City side on Monday night.

After falling 15 points behind their fierce rivals Manchester City currently sitting at the top of the table, United will be hoping to keep the pressure on the league leaders with a solid home performance against strugglers Stoke.

As for the visitors, they currently find themselves in a dire situation. After a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City in the FA Cup last week, Mark Hughes was sacked as manager with Eddie Niedzwiecki taking temporary charge. He and his Stoke side face what on paper looks to be an impossible task of getting something from the game at Old Trafford.


Classic Encounter

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Despite a poor recent run of form, Stoke have caused Manchester United some problems at Old Trafford in recent years. A prime example of this was their Premier League clash in October 2013, when Peter Crouch gave the visitors a shock lead within the first four minutes. 

Once Robin van Persie equalised just two minutes before halftime, many thought the first-half action was over. However, Marko Arnautovic gave the visitors another shock lead in added time during the first half, giving Stoke an unlikely lead at the break

United struggled throughout the second half to find a way through a stern Stoke defence, however a quick-fire double from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez in the 78th and 80th minutes was enough to give United a narrow 3-2 win in a five goal thriller at the Theatre of Dreams.


Recent Form

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Despite to gaping gap between the two Manchester clubs, Jose Mourinho’s side have had a solid campaign so far – lost just one game this season. They are currently on a run of six Premier League games without defeat and have failed to score in just one of those games.

As for Stoke, their fortunes as of recent have been quite the opposite. After just one win in their last seven Premier League games, they sit in 18th place – just four points off the bottom of the league. Now without a manager, they face an uphill task of trying to overturn their recent run of form by pulling off what would be one of the biggest upsets of the season so far.


Team News

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Mourinho will be without Eric Bailly, Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who will all miss out with injury, however he is hopeful he’ll have captain Antonio Valencia back – who has missed United’s last four Premier League games after struggling with a hamstring injury.

As for Stoke, defensive duo Erik Pieters and Bruno Martins Indi returned to training this week after stepping up their recoveries from injury, and could be in line to feature at Old Trafford on Monday. Club captain Ryan Shawcross has almost fully recovered from a calf problem, however will face a late fitness test to determine whether or not he will be able to feature for the Potters.

Potential Manchester United Lineup: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku

Potential Stoke City Lineup: Butland, Zouma, Martins Indi, Wimmer, Cameron, Pieters, Allen, Adam, Shaqiri, Choupo Moting, Diouf


Key Battle

Jesse Lingard vs Charlie Adam

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If Stoke are to get anything from this game, they will need Charlie Adam to limit the impact of United’s in form midfielder Jesse Lingard. The 25-year-old has scored four goals in his last four games in all competitions, and has recently become a key member of Mourinho’s attacking lineup.

It looks likely Adam will be tasked with marking the Englishman, and judging by his recent run of form, limiting Lingard’s impact would go a long way towards limiting United’s attacking threat during the game.


Prediction

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With Manchester United averaging 3.5 goals per game at home this season and with Stoke having conceded 17 goals in their last seven Premier League games, expect plenty of attacking threat from the hosts. 

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Stoke will also have the 5-0 loss to Chelsea in their last Premier League outing in the back of their minds, and will do all they can to prevent a similar scoreline from taking shape. With the visitors also on a run of back-to-back Premier League games without scoring, it’ll be a tough task to break their drought against a United side who have conceded just five home goals all season.

Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City

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Liverpool Join Manchester Clubs in the Race for Wantaway Gunner Alexis Sanchez

According to The Daily Mirror, Liverpool have joined  Manchester United and Manchester City in the race for wantaway Arsenal star, Alexis Sanchez.

Following the sale of Liverpool’s own talisman Philippe Coutinho for a reported £142m, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be keen to bring in a liable replacement for the Brazilian.

The Gunners are holding out for £35m for the Chilean – who will be allowed to depart the club as a free agent once his contract expires this summer – a fee which Liverpool will have no qualms in coughing up.

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Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are anxious to end the Reds’ barren run of 28 years without a league title and have accepted that they need to spend big if they hope to achieve that feat.

They’ve displayed their ambitions by twice shattering their transfer record this season; first of all with the purchase of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita – though he likely won’t be able to run out at Anfield until next season – for £66.4m; and most recently for the long-awaited arrival of Virgil van Dijk, who became the world’s most expensive defender at £75m.

Now the club have set their sights on 29-year-old Sanchez, though they expect it to be difficult to pry the forward away from a move to Manchester, largely due to the South American’s heavy wage demands.

It’s claimed that City are willing to pay Sanchez £285,000-a-week, while local rivals United are happy to offer the Arsenal man a whopping £300,000-a-week to come to Old Trafford.

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Prior to his departure, Coutinho was Liverpool’s highest-paid player on £200,000, a considerable gulf compared to Sanchez’s wage demands – though Liverpool are resigned to the fact that that is the going rate for world-class players these days.

Considering the fact that had Sanchez been on a long-term contract at Arsenal, the transfer fee for him would likely be nearing the £70m mark, it may be too good an opportunity to miss out on despite the Chilean’s wages.


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Though Liverpool understand that it will be difficult to convince Sanchez to choose Anfield over Manchester, it is understood that the Reds are more confident of securing their man should City drop out of the race. 

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