Manchester United will announce the signing of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez later this week due to the timing of their game against Stoke, reports say.
Manchester United are sensationally closing in on a deal to sign Sanchez from Arsenal, with the Chile international set to reject the advances of Manchester City.
City have long appeared frontrunners for that battle with Pep Guardiola desperate to reunite with the player, who he previously managed at Barcelona.
Express Sport understands, however, United have surged ahead with Jose Mourinho confident of winning the race for the 29-year-old.
And the Manchester Evening News say a transfer is likely to be announced this week, with the timing of their game against Stoke delaying an official statement on Alexis Sanchez. The MEN say that, only after Stoke come to town, will the club announce Sanchez.