Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on rumours linking Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

Sanchez has been linked with an exit from the Emirates Stadium all season and is out of contract at the end of the season.

He is widely thought to be Manchester City’s primary target – City were close to signing him in the summer and the Chile international’s form this season has very much painted the picture of a player who wishes to be elsewhere.

News broke over the last day or so that United, however, have tabled a £25m offer for the player in an attempt to strengthen their own front line.

That news was greeted with a dubious response – with some feeling it was a move by Arsenal to try and convince City to up their offer, which was reported to be £20m.

With Sanchez so strongly linked with a move to City, an offer from United at this time would appear to be strangely timed.

United have been linked with other strikers, with Jamie Vardy and Javier Hernandez two Premier League forwards named.

It was hoped that clarification on the matter may be provided by Wenger this morning but the Arsenal manager instead said there was no concrete update, though he did accept a bidding war would be beneficial.