Well we are all waiting for the final decision on the transfer of Alexis Sanchez to Man United, and we all know that Arsene Wenger promised Arsenal fans a decision one way or the other in “48 hours” but obviously he doesn’t ever talk about transfers ’til they are cut and dried.
But Jose Mourinho has no qualms like that and has made a statement regarding Alexis Sanchez (and also Henrik Mkhitaryan who is being rumoured to be included in a swap deal) on the official Man United website, and this is his description of the current position….
Mourinho on...ALEXIS SANCHEZ
“I am not confident, but also not unconfident. Just relaxed and we have the feeling that he is an Arsenal player. We have the feeling that he can stay there. But also the feeling that he can move and if he moves, I think we have a chance. But, I think most probably, a player like him has other big clubs interested. Who knows? I think him, Mr Wenger and Mr Gazidis [Arsenal’s chief executive], I think they know really what is going to happen. I have no idea to be honest. Today I was completely separate from all of that. I was focused on my match and not worried about anything else other than the match. I’m not going to speak about hypothetical siutuations, he is an Arsenal player and he can be an Arsenal player. But I feel I shouldn’t speak about him because he is an Arsenal player.”
“He is our player, he is a Manchester United player, so I can speak about him. He is a player that I like, of high quality, who can give us a lot. If he stays here, he is a very good player. This season he started very well and then he came a little bit down. Last season he was an important player and helped us win the Europa League, so let’s see what’s going to happen. Is he going to be involved in a deal and leave us? It’s possible but it’s also possible that he stays. We have to protect him and to protect the team a little bit, so let’s make sure that he stays with us or that he leaves us. The market is open. It’s a pity that the window closes on the 31st, it should close tomorrow.”
So what do we make of that? It sounds like he is definitely confirming a deal could happen, and he wants it decided quickly.
So what do you make of his words? Are you “confident or unconfident” that Alexis is going to Old Trafford?