Reports from the weekend revealed that the Red Devils had successfully hijacked their noisy neighbours’ pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, and had thereby become the frontrunners in the race for his signature.
But while the Arsenal talisman’s arrival at Old Trafford looked imminent, Jose Mourinho and co were hit with a new roadblock, involving their out-of-form playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
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Sky Sports broadcaster Jim White claimed earlier on Tuesday that Mkhitaryan held the key to Sanchez’s switch to the Theatre of Dreams, but the Armenian international was far from interested in joining the Gunners.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) January 16, 2018
However, it has now come to light that this swap deal might indeed be on, with both midfielders set to head into the opposite directions in the January window itself.
According to CNEWS TV host Thibaud Vezirian, the transfer of Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal is done, and it will, in return, now allow Sanchez to seal his move to United.
The transfer ofto , it’s done! Alexis Sanchez go to ⚽
Vezirian further added that the Red Devils were set to pay an additional compensation to complete the swap deal – the details of which are yet to be fully decided and finalised.
Manchester va bien sûr payer une indemnité supplémentaire à Arsenal, pas encore le tarot à vous communiquer https://t.co/INB9SiQkWu
— T.V. (@ThibaudVezirian) January 16, 2018
Of course, Manchester will pay additional compensation to Arsenal, not yet the tarot to share
It remains to be seen just how true these claims from the Armenian journalist turn out to be, but if this swap deal does materialise, it would come as great news for both set to supporters, as their clubs will be securing the services of two very talented superstars.
Written by Kunal Kambli
An introverted grammar pedantic who worships football and loves writing about it. Part of the BlameFootball team since 2016.