Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez’s future at the club is still undecided with both Manchester City and now Manchester United vying for his signature.
The Chilean star’s deal at the Emirates expires this summer and the 29-year-old is free to speak to other clubs.
At this stage, it looks unlikely he will sign a new contract at Arsenal but the north London side are insistent Sanchez will only be sold in January if a suitable replacement is found.
However, even though both City and United ready to pounce for the former Barcelona man this month, there has apparently been no more movement on a proposed transfer in the past 24 hours.
Speaking ahead of the Gunners’ away trip to Bournemouth on Sunday, Wenger told assembled media at the club’s London Colney training base: “Nothing is really concrete at the moment and nothing is decided one way or another. Normally he would stay at the club until the end of the season but we’ll see.”
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Daniel Sturridge is expected to leave Liverpool during the January transfer window after the Kop club revealed they are prepared to listen to offers for the 28-year-old.
The Reds, according to the Liverpool Echo, would command at least £30m for his services as Southampton, West Ham and Newcastle all line-up to inject their squads with some much-needed firepower.
Sturridge has featured just 14 times in all competitions this season and struggled to hold down a regular spot with the form of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and of course Mohamed Salah keeping him out of the side.
However, if the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker still harbours hopes of being selected in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia this coming summer, then he needs to get more minutes on the pitch.
While Liverpool are set to hold firm over their asking price for Sturridge, it is also possible he could leave the club on loan this month.
But Capello believes both men have lost control and that fellow Italian Conte may have underestimated how well Portuguese Mourinho handles the press.
“I think Conte didn’t realise who he was up against,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.
“It’s the Chelsea shirt which makes managers nervous. Remember how wound up Mourinho got when he was Chelsea manager? Conte’s just doing what Mourinho used to do.
“We all remember Mourinho on his knees in the middle of the field, running wild after his side won.”
Conte and Mourinho have been arguing since the Portuguese suggested his rival was a “clown” for being so animated on the touchline.
Conte responded by saying Mourinho was “senile” and “a little man” for making references to the Italian’s ban in Italy over alleged match-fixing, which he was later exonerated in 2016.
“They’re completely out of their minds,” said former Real Madrid manager Capello, now coaching in China with Jiangsu Suning.
“I never thought it could get this far. But remember, when you wind Mourinho up, he’s very clever in these debate situations. Maybe once again he just wants to divert the attention from his team.”
“I don’t think that Conte has realised who he has been dealing with yet. In my opinion, he should have said just one thing. If Conte used the ‘senile’ word he certainly made a mistake.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the feuding pair will soon make up.
“You’ll see, they’ll meet and it will end up with tarallucci and wine,” the Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport.
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