Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez’s future will be decided “in the next 48 hours” after he was left out of the team for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth, says manager Arsene Wenger.
The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a January move to Manchester City.
However, Manchester United have also been linked with the Chilean.
“I don’t master the rhythm of it, but it could happen today, tomorrow or not at all,” said Wenger.
“It will be decided in the next 48 hours.”
Speaking before the match, Wenger had said: “He’s being vague at the moment. The situation is not completely decided one way or the other, so I left him at home.”
Asked if a decision was imminent, he replied: “Yes. Don’t read too much in it because even I don’t know which way it will go.”
City are unwilling to match the Gunners’ £35m asking price, while United boss Jose Mourinho said on Friday that Sanchez is a “phenomenal player”.
He added: “What we believe is there are some players in the football world, if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try. And that’s it.”
Paris St-Germain have also been linked with Sanchez, but the player’s preference is to join City.
It is understood Arsenal’s hierarchy have accepted Sanchez is likely to depart after three and a half years at Emirates Stadium.
However, the Gunners are reluctant to sell without replacing him, and their first choice is Bordeaux’s 20-year-old Brazilian forward Malcom.
If a deal cannot be agreed with any club, Sanchez will be able to leave when his contract expires in the summer – a situation Arsenal are keen to avoid as they would receive nothing.
Sanchez almost joined City for about £60m on the final day of the summer window, only for the transfer to collapse when Arsenal failed to sign Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar.