Alexis Sanchez will be announced as a Manchester United player within 48 hours – report

by Harry Robinson

Alexis Sanchez will be announced as a Manchester United player in the next 48 hours, the BBC report.

The Chilean forward is expected to undergo a medical at the club’s Carrington Aon Training Complex on Sunday after driving up north on Saturday evening.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his star player was missing from his squad to face Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Saturday because “you cannot drive up north and play football at the same time.” Meanwhile, Man United boss Jose Mourinho admitted he was confident of a deal going through and revealed it was “close”.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will join Arsenal in a rare swap-deal between two major clubs. The Armenian agreed terms with the Gunners on Saturday after fears his high demand for wages could hold up the transfer.

Both clubs believe they are winning out of this deal. United are getting a world-class player for no transfer fee, and even after the valuation of Mkhitaryan at £30m or so, which no one was ever likely to pay for the 29-year-old, the Reds are taking Sanchez off Arsenal for less than what Wenger paid Barcelona for the Chilean.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have the opportunity to allow Mkhitaryan to flourish in a way he has not been able to at Old Trafford despite his obvious talent.

The fees involved in the two players’ contracts could be huge, with Sanchez earning near £350,000, and considerably more in image rights and signing on fees, while the two agents involved in the deal will benefit greatly.

An announcement is now expected imminently from United on one of the biggest January signings the club has ever made, and one which could boost their chances of silverware massively this season.

Due to Sanchez and Mkhitaryan both being non-EU players, they both must have their work permits ratified by their clubs, meaning the deals will likely be confirmed on Monday, rather than Sunday, according to the Mirror.

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