Since the transfer window has opened however, a new candidate seems to have entered the rat race to win the signature of Alexis Sanchez.
"There's a massive importance for these kinds of games, of course", said the Frenchman. In that position, Sanchez is able to roam in between channels and create in the final third.
"Especially if they can get him for peanuts - and in today's money, around £30m for Sanchez is an absolute steal". "But we will see".
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"Look, honestly, I cannot tell you much more at the moment because nothing is really concrete", he said.
"At a general level what I can say is that with the Manchester United board we do not believe a lot in the January market".
He said: "Very good - unbelievable facilities, the prince's private facilities are better than any football club in the world".
"I don't know if ethical or correct", he is quoted by MEN.
But we shouldn't rule out the possibility of Sanchez - and Arsenal, who you imagine would be reluctant to sell him for nothing in the summer - eventually accepting the offer tabled by City, currently playing a game of 'who blinks first' with the Gunners.
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"Sanchez is an Arsenal player".
It'd be Pep though, wouldn't it?
That would be different at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, United full-back Demi Mitchell has joined Scottish Premiership side Hearts on loan for the rest of the season. "We are not on that case at the moment".
Sanchez would immediately be one of the "Untouchables".
But stories broke ahead of Mourinho's Friday media briefing that City were unwilling to meet Arsenal's £35m asking price for Sanchez, opening up the prospect of a lucrative switch to Old Trafford for the Chile international. Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are injured, Per Mertesacker is retiring at the end of the season, while Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers have all struggled.
Is there any truth in it?
Sanchez has scored eight goals in all competitions for Arsenal in 2017-18 and has set up three more for his teammates.
"I wasn't inside but, from the outside, I think [Mark] is a guy with great qualities to do the job for them".