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Mourinho confirms Man Utd 'are there' in Alexis race but deal not done

13:40 GMT 19/01/2018
Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is poised to move in the opposite direction to the Chilean, will not feature against Burnley, despite being fit

Jose Mourinho says that Manchester United have not yet completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, but they "are there".

The Red Devils joined the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in pursuing the attacker, but despite entering the race late, they appear in pole position to capture the 29-year-old.

Reports had suggested that they wanted him in time to feature in the weekend's Premier League match with Burnley, yet the registration deadline for that fixture has now passed.

Nevertheless, Mourinho has confirmed for the first time that the Old Trafford side are in the hunt for the player.

"There is no point in trying to hide or deny, but it is not done at all," the Portuguese said. 

"I think clearly everybody knows that we are there and especially when Arsenal manager speaks so clearly like he did."

Mourinho added that he has not been involved in any negotiations for the former Barcelona man, who is out of contract at the end of the season at the Emirates Stadium.

"I like to be out of them," he said. "I am out and I will just calmly wait for news, no more than that."

Additionally, the Portuguese confirmed that midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is expected to go the other way in the deal to bring the Chile international to Old Trafford, will not be involved in Saturday's match with Burnley.

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