Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has hinted that if they get Alexis Sanchez now, they won’t need to spend big on another attacker in the summer.
Mourinho is pushing to strike a deal with Arsenal for Sanchez, whose current deal ends in June.
United and rivals Manchester City are going head-to-head for the Chilean this month.
And after hailing the availability of Sanchez as a “fantastic opportunity” Mourinho is hoping a deal can be done with the Gunners, with the Red Devils prepared to match Arsenal’s £35million valuation for Sanchez and pay his agent, Fernando Felicevich, a £5m fee on top of that.
“Let’s say we have three targets in the summer – a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player. If in the winter you do one of the three, then in the summer you do three minus one.
“If we do something now, we don’t do it in the summer again.
“Our plan was not to have new players in January. We build a squad with this idea and I share this philosophy with Mr. Woodward and the owners.
“But if there is a fantastic opportunity on the table, you fight for that fantastic opportunity. If it happens, it happens,” Mourinho said.