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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Alexis Sanchez Medical

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2018

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31:  Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates as his free kick deflects off James McClean of West Bromwich Albion for their first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on December 31, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Alexis Sanchez's proposed move from Arsenal to Manchester United will reportedly take a step closer to completion on Saturday, when the forward is said to be set for a medical.

According to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, Sanchez left the Gunners team hotel before 11 p.m. on Friday and set off for Manchester in order to finalise his switch to the Red Devils.

"Sanchez was due to be in the Arsenal squad after Arsene Wenger named 19 players but then got pulled out and said his goodbyes to his team mates after a breakthrough in negotiations," Cross said. "It appears Arsenal forced United's hand by picking him, but he then dropped out after a dramatic late twist."

It's added that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is poised to move in the opposite direction, as he said farewell to his United team-mates on Friday.

Mkhitaryan is reportedly poised to join Arsenal.
Mkhitaryan is reportedly poised to join Arsenal.Michael Regan/Getty Images

According to Cross, the breakthrough means a deal to take Sanchez to Old Trafford will most likely go through before Monday.

As we can see here, courtesy of BBC Sport, United manager Jose Mourinho spoke candidly of the club's interest in the Chile international on Friday, although he said there was still work to be done:

BBC Sport @BBCSport

There's no sense in denying it when everyone knows. Jose Mourinho confirms #MUFC interest in Alexis Sanchez but is staying calm about it all. https://t.co/NHM6URfKRe

Speculation about Sanchez's future has developed into a saga, with United moving ahead of rivals Manchester City in pursuit of the forward, whose contract at the Emirates Stadium is set to expire at the end of the campaign.

The Red Devils will be signing one of the most talented and effective players in the Premier League for a knockdown fee, and a fringe player in Mkhitaryan will be leaving.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their second goal with Laurent Koscielny during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo
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While there has been plenty of talk about the salary United will pay Sanchez—Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail reported United are ready to hand the forward a £350,000 weekly wage—Red Devils legend Gary Neville believes the Old Trafford outfit are getting a good deal:

Gary Neville @GNev2

Morning. On the Sanchez deal “ people “should know that the wages are not important . It’s the cost of the overall package . All clubs will depreciate a player over the course of his contract against the total of fee and wage. The fee is low relatively so it works out a good deal

As the transfer wrangle seemingly edges closer to completion, United fans will be getting more excited about the player they are getting.

Sanchez is a force of nature at full flight. The 29-year-old has many positive attacking attributes in his locker, as he is versatile, can dribble, can pick a pass and can find the net. Since his arrival in the Premier League in 2014, he's been one of the best players in the division.

As WhoScored.com noted, there wasn't a footballer who could rival Sanchez in terms of all-around attacking contribution last term:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Alexis Sanchez: Was the only player to register double figures for both goals (24) and assists (10) in the 2016/17 Premier League season #TBT Full player stats -- https://t.co/ojSfRK1idg https://t.co/Q4IJII0vbD

All parties involved in the transfers of Sanchez and Mkhitaryan will be delighted the finishing line is in sight, as each club will be keen to get its new player settled.

Provided all does go to plan, Sanchez could make his United debut against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup on Friday night. It's in that competition and the UEFA Champions League, tournaments the Red Devils still have a chance of winning, that the forward will be desperate to make his mark.

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