The two Manchester clubs are battling it out for the signature of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who has entered the last six months of his contract, and is therefore free to talk to clubs to join in the summer.

However, his Manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club may allow their Chilean star to leave during this window, but only if they find a replacement. The gunners seem keen to recoup some kind of money for the 29-year old and will ask for around £20 million.

Manchester City were said to be close to securing a deal, but Wenger says his team need a replacement first. He was asked whether selling Sanchez depended on bringing in a replacement he simply replied “you sum it up well”. Then when pressed as to whether he wanted a quick resolution Wenger added “Of course”.

In the summer they failed on a deal to land Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, but it seems now Wenger is looking at Bordeaux attacker Malcom as the Sanchez replacement.

Wenger speaks highly of the 20-year old Brazilian but also states that ‘nothing is happening at the moment’.

Speaking about the interest in Sanchez from a number of different clubs the Frenchman said “A bidding war is always beneficial to the club who can take advantage of it. We are not in that. I maintain what I said many times. Normally, he should stay here until the end of the season, but we will see”.

Simon Phillips