The Alexis Sanchez – Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal saga is just hours away from completion, according to renowned Italian journalist and transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio.
He claims Sanchez’s side of the deal is as good as done with personal terms finalised and just a few technicalities to complete. All that remains is Mkhitaryan’s work at his end of the transfer.
“Sanchez’s move to Manchester United is in the final stages.” Di Marzio wrote on his official website.
“The lawyers are working in these hours to define the last fiscal and burocratic details and close the deal before the weekend.
“Wenger’s words this morning have only confirmed what was already reported. Sanchez has had an agreement with United for some days now on a four and half year deal worth £100million before taxes.”
The Italian claims Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola in now in London trying to finalise the Armenian’s move to the Emirates Stadium.
“Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to be part of the deal, the Armenian midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola is currently in London to finalize his client’s transfer to the Gunners. It’s now a matter of hours,” he added.
As per Daily Star, Sanchez will be paid a staggering £500,000-a-week by United. Jose Mourinho will hope to have the transfer completed in time for the Chilean star to make his debut in Saturday’s trip to Burnley. Earlier today, Arsene Wenger claimed Sanchez’s move to Manchester United is “likely to happen” in the next 24 hours, with Mkhitaryan joining his forces at Arsenal.
Wenger also confirmed Mkhitaryan’s wages will not be a problem in the potential swap deal and the Armenian is seen as a direct replacement for Sanchez, who is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer.
“I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years so it is likely to happen but any moment things can break down,” Wenger was quoted by Sky Sports.
“That’s how the transfer market is so as long as it’s not over the line you have to accept that it can as well not happen. These kinds of things are never guaranteed.”
When asked whether Mkhitaryan was involved in the deal, Wenger said:
“My understanding is yes. The wages would not be a problem.”
Following Di Marzio’s claims, it is safe to say the transfer of Sanchez to United is just hours away!