But United suddenly established themselves as front-runners after reportedly offering more money to both the Gunners and the player himself. However, reports are now saying that they will face some competition from one of their most bitter rivals in the Premier League.
It will be an opportunity for the team to redeem themselves for a 2-2 draw against the same opposition earlier this season, but spotlight is taken by the Alexis Sanchez speculations. I don't know, I don't know how I can answer you.
"It's a very important difference of points, I was there before", Mourinho added.
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Would Mourinho use such a glowing reference if he believed the player was about to sign for a rival? "The only word I can say is the same that everybody says - he's a phenomenal player".
The two Manchester-based clubs have been going toe to toe in recent times in order to bring the former Barcelona man in and are hoping to get the deal done for this match-winner.
But the situation has taken a fresh twist with the arrival of Sanchez's family in the country. His transfer saga continues.
According to the, United are ready to make an offer to Shakhtar Donetsk for, who has also attracted interest from City. Either way, it's considerably cheaper than the £60m they agreed to back in the summer so let's not discount a move to the Etihad just yet.
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City had been close to securing the Chile forward in August after agreeing to a £60m deal with Arsenal on the final day of the summer transfer window.
City have so far only offered £20m but Sanchez's long-standing desire to be reunited with Pep Guardiola gives them the upper hand.
Ferguson was furious, believing that Nasri had gone back on his word to put money before glory, but the French worldwide ended his first season as a title victor at the Etihad Stadium, so he had the bank balance and the medal to suggest he made the right decision.
City could have a change of heart yet and will try to negotiate with Arsenal, but United appear to be frontrunners now.
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Could Sanchez go to United instead of City? A league title followed in his first season.