Manchester United and Arsenal remained coy when they were asked to clarify speculation over Alexis Sanchez.
Reports on Thursday suggested United were set to rival Manchester City for the signature of Sanchez this month.
The 29-year-old former Barcelona forward is due to reach the end of his contract at the Emirates Stadium this summer and has been repeatedly linked with a January switch to City.
However, Jose Mourinho’s United are said to be keen to snatch Sanchez from under City’s noses with The Guardian and Sky Sport Italia claiming as much yesterday.
Sky Sport Italia reported United are willing to offer a bigger fee and higher wages than City. But when Press Association Sport contacted both United and Arsenal, the Red Devils said they were “not aware of any bid” for Sanchez while the Gunners declined to comment.
The Telegraph claim United have made preliminary inquiries about a range of strikers including Sanchez, while the Manchester Evening News report United made contact with Sanchez’s representatives after his move to Man City fell through in August.
The United team are due to travel back from a short mid-season break in Dubai on Friday.
The reports concerning Sanchez further claim that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been offered as a makeweight in any deal with Arsenal.
Armenia international Mkhitaryan has struggled to hold down a first-team place at Old Trafford this season and Sky Sport Italia reports that Arsenal are keen on the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this week defended Sanchez and insisted the player’s omission from his starting line-up for the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea was “nothing to do with the transfer market”.