Alexis Sanchez has arrived at Manchester United ahead of his move from Arsenal.
The Chilean forward will sign for the club in the next 48 hours with Man United’s attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan currently in London in preparation of joining the Gunners in a rare player-swap deal between two major clubs in European football.
Sanchez has agreed to a huge deal with United that will see him earn in excess of £350,000-a-week while the agents of both he and Mkhitaryan will benefit greatly from the transfer.
The pair of 29-year-old’s are expected to become the highest paid players at their new respective clubs.
Sanchez was pictured driving into United’s Carrington Aon Training Complex at lunchtime on Sunday ahead of a medical at the state-of-the-art facilities.
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed the transfer was ‘likely’ after Arsenal’s 4-1 demolition of Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, explaining that Sanchez was omitted from the squad because “you cannot drive up north and play football at the same time.”
The player himself posted a video of him stepping into a private jet on Instagram on Sunday morning, and was reportedly spotted landing at Manchester airport soon after.
United manager Jose Mourinho sounded confident of the move going through as he saw his side beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday thanks to an excellent finish from Anthony Martial.
The Reds have stolen ahead of local title rivals Manchester City who seemed guaranteed to sign the former-FC Barcelona player, either this month or in the summer when his contract at the Emirates was set to expire.
It’s a huge move and one that will vastly improve Mourinho’s squad. An announcement is expected imminently, though may be held up because both Sanchez and Mkhitaryan are non-EU players and thus their work permits require ratification at their new clubs before it can be made official.