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ARSENE Wenger ad­mit­ted on Satur­day that Alexis Sanchez’s fu­ture is up in the air as Jose Mour­inho and Pep Guardi­ola stayed tight-lipped over po­ten­tial moves for the for­ward dur­ing the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Guardi­ola’s bid to buy Sanchez col­lapsed at the end of the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow and City were favourites to land him this time around but the club are ap­par­ently un­will­ing to meet Arse­nal’s re­ported £35 mil­lion ($48 mil­lion, 39 mil­lion euros) ask­ing price.

Mour­inho’s United are un­der­stood to have thrown their hat into the ring, bid­ding around £25 mil­lion to trump City’s £20 mil­lion of­fer as they seek to bol­ster their for­ward op­tions and deny their bit­ter ri­vals.

When asked if United were in­ter­ested in sign­ing the 29- yearold Chilean in­ter­na­tional, who is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son, Wenger said “noth­ing is really con­crete at the mo­ment”.

Ques­tioned as to whether there was any truth in the ru­mour, the Arse­nal man­ager was coy.

“You con­clude that,” he said. “You could say that at the mo­ment... It’s not that I don’t want to in­form you, I don’t want to give you wrong in­for­ma­tion and at the mo­ment I must say noth­ing is de­cided one way or the other.”

Wenger ad­mit­ted a bid­ding war could help Arse­nal but said that was not the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

In later press con­fer­ences on Fri­day, nei­ther Guardi­ola nor Mour­inho gave much away over a po­ten­tial move for the Arse­nal man.

Guardi­ola said his fo­cus was on main­tain­ing City’s fine form when they travel to Liver­pool in the Premier League on Sun­day.

“I un­der­stand com­pletely why you ask this ques­tion, it’s your job,” said Guardi­ola.

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