Neville: Mourinho would happily swap Mkhitaryan for Sanchez

Gary Neville discussed the possible swap deal involving Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not flourished under Mourinho and wasn't part of the 18-man squad for the home match against Stoke City.   -  Getty Images

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville said manager Jose Mourinho would happily swap out-of-favour playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

United is reportedly in pole position to sign soon-to-be free agent Sanchez from Arsenal in January following speculation that runaway Premier League leader Manchester City pulled out of the running on Monday.

Mkhitaryan has been touted as a possible makeweight in a deal for the Chile international and talk of an imminent deal intensified after the United attacker was left out of the squad for the club's 3-0 win over Stoke City.

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"The clearest sign that something's happening with Sanchez is that Mkhitaryan isn't playing, that he's not in the squad and Jose was happy to volunteer that information to us," Neville told Sky Sports.

"He wanted to keep the player clear, saying that he does rate him but I think he'd happily swap him in any deal for Alexis Sanchez. Anybody would."

Speaking about Mkhitaryan – who has fallen out of United's line-up – Neville added: "He's a talented player but you have to have more than talent. He's shown glimpses that make you think he's coming but then he goes missing."

Reigning Premier League champion Chelsea has reportedly entered the race to sign Sanchez from its London rival.

"Apparently City have pulled out of the race to sign Sanchez but I genuinely thought he was their player," Neville continued.

"Even this morning it was quite clear to me he was City's player. I still don't believe they've pulled out. Now Chelsea have come in, it's moving quickly and the next couple of days will be interesting."

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