Manchester United target and Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez will be free to move to Old Trafford should Jose Mourinho meet the London side’s conditions.
The Chilean international has emerged as a surprise candidate for a move to the Red Devils when it seemingly appeared as though Manchester City had the deal wrapped up.
Pep Guardiola’s side were interested in Sanchez since last summer whilst Mourinho appeared to show no particular willingness to make a move for him.
Perhaps United have recognised that versatile attacker’s move to their fierce rivals may cause serious damage to themselves and are attempting to seal the deal themselves.
Some neutrals have claimed it’s the player’s agents trying to talk up his wages but there have been suggestions that the move is real.
According to the Metro, BBC reports that the Gunners only want to sell Alexis if their £35m asking price is met and if they bring in a replacement before any move is complete.
United are in action on Monday night against Stoke City at Old Trafford and fans are hoping they will see more of the attacking spark shown in the second half at Goodison Park where United were magnificent but often this season we’ve drawn blanks. I don’t think United will do that against Stoke – I’m going for a 4-0 win with Pogba scoring first at 22-1 from Grosvenor – but let’s see what United turn up.
Alexis Sanchez represents the type of signing Jose Mourinho was looking for since the summer transfer window as he aimed to find a top class winger. Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann and then Ivan Perisic were all targeted, making it strange that the Arsenal man was never on the list considering his contract ends this summer.
Perhaps Mourinho wasn’t willing to wait until then to sign a winger and assumed he would be backed by the club to seal a deal with one of the aforementioned players.
However, he now finds himself in January with no traditional wingers at the club and City running away with the title; perhaps that was enough to convince the United board.