Antonio Conte: I tried to sign Alexis Sanchez

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Speaking at his weekly pre-match press conference, as reported by the Telegraph, Conte was quizzed on Sanchez, who is in the middle of a tug of war between both Manchester City and Manchester United.

The runaway Premier League leaders are reluctant to meet Arsenal's £35million valuation of the 29-year-old and are now not prepared to pay the £5m fee Sanchez's agent is demanding for felicitating any deal.

He was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, but United have become the favourites after the Etihad Stadium outfit baulked at Arsenal's £35m January valuation.

But, in spite of the current form, there are rumours that the club is looking to boost its attacking options by bringing in Arsenal's star forward Alexis Sanchez in a £20 million deal.

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"They're going to win the league this year, they're in the Champions League, they look like they're going to be in the final of the League Cup, the FA Cup potentially - so he's got more opportunities to win trophies there. He is our player and a very good player".

Neville pointed out the difference in the illustrious histories of United and City as he claimed that his former club had a lot more to offer than financial benefits.

"If there is a fantastic opportunity on the table, you fight for that fantastic opportunity".

Although this will get Manchester United's fans excited it's not an open admission to wanting to buy Sanchez as Merson states.

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Sanchez nearly joined City for about £60m on the final day of the summer window, only for the transfer to collapse when Arsenal failed to sign Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar.

But reports this week suggested that Manchester United are attempting to trump their local rivals with a £25million bid and a wage offer of £400,000 a week. The midfielder is said to be happy in London and has insisted in the past that he wishes to remain an Arsenal player.

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