Alexis Sanchez left out of Arsenal squad at Bournemouth as Manchester United overtake Manchester City in race for wantaway forward
- Arsenal travel to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
- The Gunners have omitted star forward Alexis Sanchez from the squad
- Manchester United and City are involved in a tug-of-war for Sanchez
- Jose Mourinho wants to make Sanchez the best paid footballer in England
- He will sacrifice bids for Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale to fund the move
Alexis Sanchez has not travelled to Bournemouth for Sunday's afternoon's clash against Bournemouth as the Chilean prepares to leave Arsenal.
The news enhances the expectancy of Sanchez leaving this month, with both Manchester clubs vying for his signature.
And Sportsmail understands a switch to United is becoming a real possibility for Sanchez, despite the prospect of a virtually guaranteed title medal at Manchester City.
Alexis Sanchez has been omitted from the Arsenal squad travelling to Bournemouth on Sunday
Sanchez did train with the Arsenal squad on Saturday but will not play a part at Bournemouth
The Chile international is being pursued by Premier League rivals Manchester City and United
On Friday, manager Arsene Wenger had planned to include the attacker in his squad for the trip to Eddie Howe's side.
But Wenger is understood to have changed his mind after training on Saturday.
Speaking on Sunday about the reasons for leaving out Sanchez, Wenger admitted his head had been turned.
'He's being vague at the moment. His situation is not completely decided one way or the other, so I left him at home,' he said pre-match on Sky Sports when asked about Sanchez's future.
'Yes [a resolution is imminent], don't read too much in it because even I don't know really what way it will go.
When asked if he hopes the situation would be resolved quickly, Wenger replied: 'Exactly, you want to focus on the players who are on the pitch and can do well for the club.'
Sanchez looks set to wave goodbye to Arsenal after refusing to sign a new deal at the Emirates
The Gunners boss was asked finally if he knew where the No 7 was heading to and his reply was a blunt 'no'.
Sanchez's omission merely heightens the belief that the South American will leave the Gunners this month.
United are prepared to make Sanchez the Premier League's first £350,000-a-week player.
City have told Sanchez if he waits until the summer he would be able to pocket almost £70m in wages – double Arsenal's transfer valuation.
United boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to add the Arsenal forward to his squad this January
A big wage offer could see Mourinho win the battle with Guardiola to sign Sanchez
However Mourinho is ready to give Sanchez an even more mouth-watering salary immediately – that City are not minded to match – and pay Arsenal a £30m transfer fee rather than force the player to let the last six months of his contract run out at the Emirates.
Sanchez's representatives are understood to have been told about Mourinho's superior offer.
Arsenal are prepared to let Sanchez leave this month, but want a fee of £35m. But the decision to leave him in London is likely to speed up the process of his exit.
United, who are prepared to sacrifice summer bids for Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale to fund a move for Sanchez, have shown a greater appetite to meet the Gunners' asking price, but Sanchez is said to prefer a move to City.
The financial package on offer at Old Trafford, however, will be tempting to the South American.
Mourinho and United have been regularly linked with a move for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale
United were expected to bid for Bale or Griezmann this summer - but that may go on hold
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