Jose Mourinho has appeared to rule out the idea of Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal as part of the deal which looks set to bring Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford.

Sanchez has been strongly linked with a move to United with many sources claiming the deal to be completed. Some sources suggest that United could make an announcement as early as today while others believe they want to get the game with Stoke City of the way before making anything public.

If the transfer is announced that quickly then you can rule out Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way – at least as part of the same deal. That’s because Mourinho has confirmed that the Armenian will play against Stoke tonight.

“My approach to players is that every player has a price,” Mourinho said. “It doesn’t matter who he is, it doesn’t matter the level, the prestige, the status. I think every player has a price. I’m not the kind of blind manager. Blind in the sense of this player is untouchable, that this player we can never sell.

“I think every player has a price. So when the transfer window is open, it’s also open for any club that is interested in our players, then it is up to us to make a decision: yes or no. It’s up to us to decide what we think is the right price.

“But Mkhitaryan, he played the last match in the cup and probably will play the next one. So it’s a little bit the same in relation to other players who are involved in this gossip of the transfer window. He is our player. He’s a very good player. Saturday he is training, Sunday selected and Monday play.”

The former Dortmund player has been strongly linked with a move away from the club after a prolonged period of poor form.