"The first time he insulted me I had a response that I know touched the point where he really feels hurt".
However Mourinho is ready to give Sanchez an even more mouth-watering salary immediately - that City are not minded to match - and pay Arsenal a £30m transfer fee rather than force the player to let the last six months of his contract run out at the Emirates.
If Sanchez ends up staying at Arsenal this month, which is very possible, City will fancy their chances of landing him on a free transfer at the end of the season. "That's very much open. So the rebuild will be less deep than if all three left".
Jose Mourinho said yesterday: "At the general level what I can say is myself and the Manchester United board and owners, don't believe a lot in the January market". "What do the agents do?"
Atletico Madrid and Valencia are also in the mix for his signature but Barcelona, who tried to land him in the summer, are not expected to renew their interest.
The Frenchman with a degree in economics believes players running their contracts down will become more prevalent. If UEFA doesn't do anything about that, that's what will happen more and more. That makes you a better player.
But stories broke ahead of Mourinho's Friday media briefing that City were unwilling to meet Arsenal's £35m asking price for Sanchez, opening up the prospect of a lucrative switch to Old Trafford for the Chile worldwide.
The former Juventus and Italy manager suggested that it was a mere occasion to "say hello" to a top player from a rival club.
Wenger also dismissed speculation that he could leave the club himself this summer if Arsenal have another disappointing season.
But the Frenchman was adamant that he's committed to seeing out his contract.
While City remain favourites, the same report claims that Pep Guardiola's men are prepared to walk away from a potential deal due to the 29-year-old's financial demands. "Never. Why should I change?" He's always fully committed. I just do, in every single decision I make, what is right for the club. A move to Serie A would seem like a sensible one for the 27-year-old. "That has nothing to do with my personal situation".
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