After developments over the last 24 hours, it now appears Man Utd are favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez. Without getting ahead of ourselves the bookies have made Man Utd favourites to complete the transfer for Alexis Sanchez this month.
Arsenal have an asking price of £35mil which Man City are unwilling to meet as they are confident they will just get him in the Summer for free either way. The figure that City are rumoured to be willing to offer in January is £20mil. Man Utd are reported to be ready to meet Arsenal’s asking price with Mkhitaryan going the other way.
According to Sky Sports Italy, an agreement is close between Man Utd and Sanchez’s team. Man Utd are offering more to Arsenal, a replacement player and a higher sign on fee and wage to the player. Arsenal are allegedly much more interested in completing the deal with Man Utd before the window shuts as they’ll be a lot better off than losing the player for free only five months later.
Pundits are calling this desperation from Man Utd for luring both club and player with a lucrative offer. What they forget is, Sanchez is world-class and was on his way to Man City in a nailed on transfer. For Man Utd, this deal was never on the cards and therefore needed to up the ante in the bid and desire to get the player. In today’s market, £35mil plus Mkhitaryan for Sanchez is a bargain to secure his services; whether he’s going out of contract or not.
Jose Mourinho has come out and mentioned the speculation in his latest press conference. He said he doesn’t want to talk about other team’s players as he wouldn’t like other managers showing interest in his players publicly. However he did go on to say this:
“What we believe is there are some players in the football world where, if you have a chance to sign them, whether it is in January, March or July, then you have to try.”
“In relation to Sanchez all I can say, which everyone else says, is that he is a phenomenal player. I feel I shouldn’t say much more than this.”
Reading between the lines, he is the sort of player that Man Utd should be going for. Can we sign him in January? Can we sign him at all? Who knows; but I certainly hope so, despite still being very suspicious that there’s nothing in it.