Alexis Sanchez’s proposed move from Arsenal to Manchester United will reportedly take a step closer to completion on Saturday when the forward is said to be set for a medical.
According to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, Sanchez left the Gunners’ team hotel before 11 p.m. on Friday and set off for Manchester in order to finalise his switch to the Red Devils.
“Sanchez was due to be in the Arsenal squad after Arsene Wenger named 19 players but then got pulled out and said his goodbyes to his team mates after a breakthrough in negotiations,” Cross continued. “It appears Arsenal forced United’s hand by picking him but he then dropped out after a dramatic late twist.”
It’s added that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is poised to move in the opposite direction, as he said farewell to his United team-mates on Friday.
According to Cross, the breakthrough means a deal to take Sanchez to Old Trafford will most likely go through over the weekend.
As we can see here courtesy of BBC Sport, Jose Mourinho spoke candidly of the club’s interest in the Chile international on Friday, although he said there is still work to be done:
Speculation about Sanchez’s future has developed into a saga, with United moving ahead of rivals Manchester City in pursuit of the forward, whose contract at the Emirates Stadium is set to expire at the end of the campaign.
It means the Red Devils will be getting one of the most talented and effective players in the Premier League for a knockdown fee, while a player on the fringes in Mkhitaryan will be moving on.
While there has been plenty of talk about the potential salary United will pay Sanchez—Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail reported United are ready to shell out a weekly wage of £350,000 to sign the forward—Red Devils legend Gary Neville believes the Old Trafford outfit are getting a good deal:
As the transfer wrangle seemingly edges closer to completion, United fans will be getting more and more excited about the player they’re getting.
Sanchez is a force of nature at full flight. The 29-year-old has many positive attacking attributes in his locker, as he is versatile in terms of positioning, can dribble, can pick a pass and can find the net. Since his arrival in the Premier League, he’s been one of the best in the division.
As noted by WhoScored.com, last term there wasn’t a footballer who could rival Sanchez in terms of all-round attacking contribution:
All parties involved in the transfers of Sanchez and Mkhitaryan will be delighted the finishing line is in sight, as each club will be keen to get their new players settled and look to the future.
Provided all does go to plan, Sanchez could make his United debut against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup on Friday night. It’s in that competition and the UEFA Champions League, where the Red Devils still have a chance of silverware, that the forward will be desperate to make his mark.
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