Tuesday 24 April 2018

Alexis Sanchez would become Manchester United’s highest-paid player – report

The Chile forward has reportedly agreed a bumper package at Old Trafford

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez

By Ian Parker

Alexis Sanchez will become Manchester United’s highest-paid player if his move from Arsenal goes through after agreeing personal terms, reports said on Wednesday.

The Chilean forward looks set to leave the Gunners this month and United have not hidden their interest.

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Alexis Sanchez

United manager Jose Mourinho admitted on Monday night that his side “have a chance” to sign Sanchez in the January transfer window, with previous suitors Manchester City understood to have now exited the race for the 29-year-old due to the cost involved.

According to the Telegraph, United have offered Sanchez a four-and-a-half-year contract with an annual income of £27million before tax, which would make him the top-earning player at the club.

With a transfer fee, signing-on lump sum and an agent’s fee likely to be involved, it means United could face an overall outlay of over £150million should they secure a deal for the former Barcelona player.

Manchester United have been approached for comment but have yet to respond.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan

United’s bid to bring Sanchez to Old Trafford depends on Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction, according to the Armenian’s agent Mino Raiola.

Mourinho left the 28-year-old midfielder out of his squad to face Stoke on Monday due to “doubts about his future”.

The United manager is himself close to a new contract, Press Association Sport understands.

Talks are understood to be ongoing and progressing well, with Mourinho’s current deal due to expire in 2019.

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Jose Mourinho

The 55-year-old took charge at Old Trafford in 2016 and described speculation about his future as “garbage” in a pre-match press conference earlier this month.

After his side’s home draw with Burnley on Boxing Day, Mourinho complained that spending of almost £300million since he succeeded Louis van Gaal was “not enough” to compete with local rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester City.

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