Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has been sucked into the continuing Alexis Sanchez saga as Arsenal look for ways to replace their want-away Chilean superstar, reportedly asking about the young French forward as part of some kind of exchange deal.
Manchester City had always been tipped as Sanchez's destination if things didn't work at the Emirates, but as the league leaders haggle over Arsenal's transfer fee, and Jose Mourinho makes a late bid to weaken two rivals, Chelsea look set to re-enter a race they tried to win last summer as well.
Reports of City's decision to abandon their pursuit of Sanchez unless Arsenal and the player himself lower their demands emerged hours before Mourinho addressed the press ahead of Monday's Premier League clash with Stoke City.
City also feel the player is determined to leave Arsenal come what may this month, so their stance could lead to him joining a rival club. Sanchez would become a much more important player at Old Trafford than at the Etihad Stadium, while the determination to get him in January would also surely count for something.
When asked about Sanchez, he said: "I don't answer".
However there is no way Alexis Sanchez will agree to this. Arsenal with Malcolm will have a different dynamic but Wenger will hope that the Brazilian will lessen Arsenal fans heartache over the departure of Alexis Sanchez with some fine performances.
City have been convinced of Sanchez's desire to work with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola again for some time but they were prepared to wait until his contract expires in June.
"Replaceable in the way that we find exactly the same player, certainly not", Wenger said. "I'm focused on (playing) Liverpool, believe me".
"At the general level, I can tell you that myself and the Manchester United owners, we do not believe a lot in the January market".
But it was revealed on Thursday that Man United had swooped in with a bigger offer for the Chilean, tabling a bid around £25 and offering Sanchez £250,000 a week.