Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed rumours of Alexis Sanchez moving to Manchester United by saying the deal is likely to go through. United’s late move for Sanchez has come as a shock to many, with an agreement with rivals Manchester City already thought to be in place. However, United are now in pole position to sign the forward with an announcement expected in the next 24 hours. Sanchez, 29, is believed to become the highest earner in the Premier League at Old Trafford, earning over £14 million in a huge 4 and a half year contract.
Here’s what Wenger had to say regarding Alexis’ move:
“I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years so it is likely to happen but any moment things can break down,”
“My understanding is yes. The wages would not be a problem.
“We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund so he’s certainly appreciated the quality of our games and the way we play football so that’s why certainly he loves the club.
“This would be an exchange of players and I think one would replace the other. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”
The deal involving Mkhitaryan and Sanchez is to be a straight swap, rather than United paying extra on top of the player who has struggled to reproduce his form at Borussia Dortmund which earned him the Bundesliga player of the year award.