Did Kevin De Bruyne steal the Sanchez/Mkhitaryan thunder from Arsenal and United?
Three big announcements all at once.
It’s been the transfer saga of the winter window, as first Manchester City looked likely to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, before Manchester United swooped for the Chilean.
Now, in a swap deal seeing United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan going to Arsenal, the deal has finally been completed.
The Old Trafford side announced the news with this elaborate video.
Meanwhile, Arsenal went for a more understated series of tweets.
What nobody saw coming was Manchester City getting in on the announcement action with some news of their own.
Belgian midfield magician Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new contract with Pep Guardiola’s team, which is pretty big news for City fans.
De Bruyne has made something of a name for himself in the Premier League, known for his ability to thread passes through the eye of a needle.
37 - Since making his Premier League debut for @ManCity in September 2015, Kevin De Bruyne has provided more assists than any other player in the big five European leagues (37). Penned. pic.twitter.com/e1VBiYvGX0— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 22, 2018
Kevin De Bruyne: Has made more key passes (73) than any other player in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season https://t.co/0MyYHMu8hd— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 22, 2018
Did the City announcement steal any limelight from United and Arsenal’s big news?
Surely a coincidence that City pushed out the De Bruyne news at the same time as Sanchez was unveiled at United?— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 22, 2018
It’s certainly notable to see one of the world’s best footballers committing his future to the Premier League.
In its way, this is every bit as big as Sanchez signing for United. De Bruyne player of the season so far. https://t.co/Pr1a8f5q8I— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) January 22, 2018
Sanchez confirmed at the same time as De Bruyne’s new contract.— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) January 22, 2018
Two of the best players in Europe tied down to Manchester
And while some enjoyed the timing…
… others weren’t so keen.
I find it very sad that city announced De Bruyne's contract extension the same time we announced Sanchez. Didn't remotely work, shows how small they actually are..— jai (@jaiutd) January 22, 2018
Whether or not the timing was deliberate, United and Arsenal fans – and players – mostly focused their attention in the direction of their own news.
YESSSSSSSSSS— Paul Pogba (@Pogbaology) January 22, 2018
Gutted to lose Sanchez. The shots of him in the United shirt really sting. Mkhitaryan a welcome addition, but no Sanchez replacement - that's a far bigger, more complex job.— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) January 22, 2018
The question is, who got the better deal? Arsenal, United… or City?