Manchester United contacted about Alexis Sanchez transfer after Arsenal reject £50m bid from Manchester City

The intermediaries have reportedly contacted Manchester United to know their stance on the Chile international who seems determined to secure a move away from the Emirates stadium

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez has scored four goals in seven league matches for Arsenal Reuters

Manchester United have reportedly been contacted about the possibility of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. The Chilean is desperate to leave the Emirates Stadium and has been a top target for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City all summer.

But with just days remaining until the window closes, Sanchez has not secured the move he desires. The Independent claims the forward is determined to secure a move, and as a result intermediaries sought United's stance on the player, according to Manchester Evening News.

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Jose Mourinho is said to be keen, but Sanchez would prefer a reunion with Guardiola, his former manager at Barcelona. Arsenal have rejected a £50m bid from Premier League rivals Manchester City for forward Alexis Sanchez.

The 28-year-old, who scored 24 league goals last season, is out of contract next summer and wants to play for City manager Pep Guardiola.

Arsenal have rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City's Raheem Sterling as part of any deal before Thursday's transfer deadline, as reported by the BBC. But Guardiola is understood to want the Chilean as a straight purchase.

England international Sterling, 22, has featured in all three of City's games so far this season. However, he is not guaranteed a starting role at Etihad Stadium following the summer arrival of Bernardo Silva from Monaco.

Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona - where he played under Guardiola - in 2014 for a fee of about £35m. He was granted an extended summer break this year after playing for Chile in the Confederations Cup and made his first appearance of the season in Arsenal's 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.

Earlier this month, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said Sanchez would "respect" his decision to keep him for the last year of his deal.

Arsenal's stance remains that they have no desire to sell, unless huge money and a player - most likely Sterling - are offered.

The final 48 hours of the transfer window are sure to test their resolve, and while in theory it could still go either way, the most likely outcome remains that Sanchez will stay and see out the final year of his contract.