Manchester United have emerged as the surprise contenders for Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez, and they could upset Manchester City through a very surprising exchange deal.
According to Sky Italy, the Red Devils have made contact with the Chilean’s representatives to inquire about his availability and interest to make a switch to the red side of Manchester instead.
And to do so, United are prepared to offer a fee in excess to what the Sky Blues have tabled, with a much more lucrative deal for the winger.
But before the Old Trafford faithful can rejoice, it is worth noting that fan-favourite Henrikh Mhkitaryan could be seen going the other way in order to push this deal through.
The Armenian has reportedly had a fallout with boss Jose Mourinho, after falling down the United pecking order. He has also been linked with a return to Borussia Dortmund, which is further complicated by some serious argument that took place before his departure from Germany.
Nevertheless, both Sanchez and Micki are very talented players, and it would be understandable should an agreement involving a swap materialise.
However, the Gunners might be reluctant to take the former Dortmund star due to his lack of first-team action and the series of poor form displayed by him before getting downgraded to the bench by Mourinho.
On the other hand, the Armenian is undoubtedly a lethal personality going forward, and could prove to be the creative and offensive edge Alexandre Lacazette might need to thrive in England, which was limited by Sanchez’s usual habit of stealing the limelight almost all for himself.
Further, the Mancunian outfit will be given an almost perfect support Romelu Lukaku can possibly get, but may have to demote Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford down to the bench in such an instance.
As of now, though a lot of speculation is floating in the transfer market, a whisper of a transfer fee or a wage structure for either players has not been made nonetheless.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.