Alexis Sanchez has not travelled to Bournemouth for Sunday’s afternoon’s clash against Bournemouth as the Chilean prepares to leave Arsenal.
The news enhances the expectancy of Sanchez leaving this month, with both Manchester clubs vying for his signature.
And Sportsmail understands a switch to United is becoming a real possibility for Sanchez, despite the prospect of a virtually guaranteed title medal at Manchester City.
On Friday, manager Arsene Wenger had planned to include the attacker in his squad for the trip to Eddie Howe’s side.
But Wenger is understood to have changed his mind after training on Saturday.
Sanchez’s omission merely heightens speculation that the South American will leave the Gunners this month.