Transfer Breakdown: Alexis Sanchez for Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Alexis Sanchez for Henrikh Mkhitaryan
With the deal passed, let’s take a look at the specifics of the player swap deal between Arsenal and Manchester United.
In the Arsenal camp, Sanchez has been vying for a deal since the beginning of the season. Manchester City were lined up to secure him during the summer transfer window, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pulled on the deal in the last few hours. At this time, Manchester United weren’t reportedly interested in a deal for Sanchez. Sanchez was continually put in the lineup by Wenger during the remainder of the calendar year.
Manchester City resumed talks with Arsenal in the beginning of January to acquire Sanchez. There was a transfer amount Arsenal wanted that City wasn’t willing to pay for, but Sanchez demanded a move be made away from Arsenal so a contract was agreed upon between City and Sanchez. Just as City were ready to agree to a price, Manchester United put in a bid that overtook the offer City placed. The deal ultimately became the player swap deal.
In the Manchester United camp, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and manager Jose Mourinho had a falling out after the summer transfer window. According to sources, the two had a heated argument over the tactics Mourinho was executing where Mkhitaryan was concerned. Mkhitaryan didn’t agree with how he was being played and tried to assert himself to Mourinho the best way to employ his services. Mourinho reacted by dropping Mkhitaryan from the lineup for the foreseeable future. Moving into January, as the Sanchez deal took shape, clubs agreed to move their unsettled players rather than exchange cash.
Both Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan expressed their joy in their new clubs, and that they both look forward to bringing success to them. Sanchez will wear the famous No. 7 jersey at United, worn famously by players such as David Beckham, Eric Cantona, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Mkhitaryan will also wear No. 7, but will have to change numbers during the Europa League matches, as Alexis Sanchez was recorded in the roster with that number.
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