- Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United could just be hours away now
- One of the biggest transfer stories of the season is close to completion
- Reports suggest United will pay Arsenal £35million for Sanchez
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez looks just hours away from finalising his transfer to Manchester United for a reported £35million fee, according to latest reports.
Gianluca Di Marzio provides an update on the deal and on Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s move to Arsenal in the opposite direction, suggesting it’s all nearly done.
The report claims Sanchez is now in Manchester, with attorneys at work over the final details of the move, while Mkhitaryan is in London for the same reasons.
The Sun have claimed United will meet Arsenal’s £35million asking price for Sanchez, which seems a decent fee for a player in the final six months of his contract.
Mkhitaryan heading to the Emirates Stadium is also certainly a big sweetener for the deal, with Arsenal picking up a potentially world class playmaker in the process.
The Armenia international was superb for former club Borussia Dortmund, and looks a good fit for Arsene Wenger’s side despite not always looking at his best in his time in England so far.
Mkhitaryan, in fairness, has been in and out of the United team under Jose Mourinho, and would perhaps be more likely to be first choice at Arsenal.
According to Mark Brus, his arrival could also be ideal if Mesut Ozil ends up leaving the club at the end of the season, as he is yet to sign a new contract as he approaches being a free agent in the summer.
For United, the imminent signing of Sanchez is a big statement for their ambitions in the second half of the season, with the Chilean able to play in the Champions League and help them close an admittedly big gap on league leaders Manchester City.