This case has taken a turn of 180 degrees since last summer, when Manchester City reached a pre-agreement with the "Gunners" for the transfer of Alexis for £60 million that ultimately did not materialize.
Arsenal's season is fading fast and it could be about to get even worse for the Gunners, who look set to lose their star player before the end of the January transfer window.
However, the league leaders are unwilling to match the Gunners' £35m asking price and there is speculation rivals Manchester United may move in.
United have an option to extend De Gea's current deal, which runs until 2019, by a further year, and Mourinho has confirmed that the club will trigger that clause while also attempting to negotiate longer terms with the Spain international.
With Man United prepared to acquiesce to those demands, they alone are in the driving seat to prise the 29-year-old out of North London.
If Sanchez goes, we need to replace him. Here's what the Monday Night Football duo had to say...
Manchester United have one of the best defences in the Premier League, a world-class central midfielder, one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and a proven Premier League striker.
"Alexis would have played, but it's a difficult period for him".
Mkhitaryan's former BVB teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another name mentioned in connection with this story, as Arsenal do have plans to sign a replacement for Sánchez. That's the crux of it, and a simple way of highlighting why this money talk is grating. I didn't want to travel with him and then he goes somewhere.
And the rumours have now resurfaced.
"They are top of the league, they are going to win the league this season, they are in the Champions League, they are looking like they will be in the final for the League cup, the FA Cup as well potentially". He just about got away with selling van Persie to the old enemy.
There's a high ceiling on Malcom's progression, and any club that does prise him away from Bordeaux will be getting a stunning footballer. For more information on cookies please refer to our cookies policy.