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Manchester United's Sanchez hopes hang in the balance, Conte cools Chelsea talk and Arsenal target hands in transfer request: Premier League transfer rumours

Alexis Sanchez' potential move to Manchester United is being held up.
Alexis Sanchez' potential move to Manchester United is being held up.

Manchester United's hopes of landing Alexis Sanchez are hanging in the balance, according to a top transfer journalist.

Mr Transfer Deadline Day himself Jim White has tweeted that United's chances of landing the Arsenal winger are 'totally dependent' on Henrikh Mkhitaryan going in the opposite direction. That's not, perhaps, the biggest surprise but he goes on to say that the chances of that happening as 'as low as 10 per cent'.  The BBC have claimed that no agreement is close for the United attacker to move to Arsenal and that the player is in no rush to decide. The BBC add that Sanchez has already agreed personal terms with United.

Manchester City's decision to end their interest in Alexis Sanchez had left United as the clear favourites to sign the wantaway Chilean on a £350,000-a-week deal, the Daily Mail reported.

The paper also claimed that Chelsea had discussed his terms but when asked if the Blues were making a move for Sanchez, boss Antonio Conte said: "I don't think so."

Sanchez's impending departure has seen the Gunners turn to Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. German newspaper Bild, according to the Sun, has even reported that the Gabon forward has handed in a transfer request to try and force through the deal.

Arsenal's new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, knows the 28-year-old Gabon forward from his time at the Bundesliga club and has recommended him to Emirates top brass, according to the Daily Mirror. Dortmund are reported to be after £60 million for Aubameyang, however, which is likely to lead to delays while a deal is thrashed out.

The Gunners' fund could be boosted by the £20 million sale of Theo Walcott to Everton, which could happen this week, the Daily Mirror says. The Toffees are said to be intent on securing the services of the 28-year-old forward, who may be inclined to move to Goodison Park with the promise of more play. The England player, who joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006, has only made six Premier League appearances this season.

Across London, Chelsea's plot to grab Andy Carroll to boost their attacking options is to be met with strong resistance by West Ham, The Sun reports. The Blues are said to be planning to offer the forward an opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge on loan. Carroll has struggled to be part of Hammers' boss David Moyes' plans while recovering from an ankle injury, however assistant manager Alan Irvine said the 29-year-old remains part of their strategy. According to the Evening Standard West Ham are only open to a permanent deal.

Swansea are in talks with Atletico Madrid over potential transfers for France striker Kevin Gameiro and Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, Wales Online report. New boss Carlos Carvalhal arrived tasked with keeping the club in the Premier League, and beefing up forward reinforcements is reported to be a priority. West Ham duo Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew are reported to have been targets when the transfer season got underway, although the interest is said to have waned.

Players to watch

Solly March:  Burnley are preparing to bid £10 million for the 23-year-old Brighton midfielder, the Daily Mail reports.

Jack Rodwell:  Sunderland are willing to let the £70,000-a-week midfielder, 26, leave for free as they look to make cost savings, according Sky Sports.

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