The media has been full of reports from various reliable sources that the Chile international will join the Red Devils sooner or later, and while the official confirmation is yet to arrive, the Portuguese boss has expressed his confidence in the deal.
At his pre-match press conference ahead of the Burnley game, Jose was asked for the latest updates regarding the seemingly imminent transfer, to which he replied: “Nothing new.
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“I think clearly everybody knows that we are there, and especially when Arsenal manager speaks so clearly like he did, there is no point in trying to hide or deny but not done at all.
“So in this moment Mkhitaryan our player, Sanchez an Arsenal player, and with a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus on the most important thing, which is the match.”
Jose was further asked if the arrival of Sanchez completely hinged on Mkhitaryan agreeing to join the Gunners, and the Portuguese stated: “I don’t know.
“Sometimes people think transfers involve a lot the managers in the negotiations, I think it depends on the profile of the club, the way we establish our jobs.
“In my case when it goes to the table of negotiations I like to be out, I am out and I will just calmly waiting for news, no more than that.
“I will speak with you if one day we sign him, I can speak with you about him and what he can bring to our team. He’s an Arsenal player, he’s not my player, there’s no point in me speaking about something that may or may not happen.
“My involvement in the situation is just to say the reasons why I would like to have the player and no more than that, I’m out. ”
However, the former Chelsea boss did confirm that his Armenian playmaker won’t be a part of the matchday squad for tomorrow’s game against Burnley, thereby further hinting that the swap deal is imminent.
“Mkhitaryan’s not selected. But he is in very good condition, training really well, and in good conditions like the others,” Mourinho added.
Written by Kunal Kambli
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