Manchester United have confirmed they have now signed Alexis Sanchez, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal. The deal has been well documented over the past week and United have finally revealed Alexis, one of the biggest transfers in Premier League history.
United manager Jose Mourinho had this to say on the straight swap deal:
“Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players. He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.
“I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get. He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory.”
Sanchez was very excited to join United:
“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.
“The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down. I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”
The Chilean forward has been given the famous number 7 shirt at Old Trafford, previously worn by United legends David Beckham, Eric Cantona, George, Best, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bryan Robson. Alexis is likely to begin his United career at Yeovil in Friday’s FA cup tie.