Andy Cole urges Jose Mourinho to break the bank for Alexis Sanchez

United made a shock £25m move for Alexis Sanchez earlier this week after months of us all assuming that his move to Manchester City was an all but certainty.

And Woodward has told Mourinho that he will be given the club's full backing in the transfer market after the Portuguese moaned that the £300m he has already spent on new recruits is not enough.

Arsene Wenger's hard start to the new year took a turn for the worse as his Arsenal side - missing Alexis Sanchez - lost 2-1 at struggling Bournemouth.

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in prising away the Chilean star and Wenger opted to leave him out of the squad for the Gunners' clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.

Manchester United are confident of attracting Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez although a deal is not imminent, says SSN reporter James Cooper.

And while Wenger wrestles with problems on the field, the off-the-pitch saga involving Sanchez is adding to his concerns, with the manager admitting that continuing uncertainty surrounding the striker's future, was the reason he was omitted. "Don't read too much into it, because even I don't know really what way it will go", he said.

A plan to sign fellow contract rebel Ozil in the summer for free had been on the cards before interest in Sanchez, 29, was tabled.

Mkhitaryan started just one Premier League game in the first four months of last season owing to a thigh injury and his manager's belief he needed time to adapt - and was taken off at half-time in the game he began.

"I would let Sanchez go to Man United and get Mkhitaryan as part of the deal", declared Sky Sports pundit Merson.

"When you look today we missed many players today".

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