Sanchez joins Man Utd from Arsenal in swap deal with Mkhitaryan

Sanchez joins Man Utd from Arsenal in swap deal with Mkhitaryan

Swap deal edges closer Alexis Sanchez has boarded a private jet as his move to Manchester United edges closer.

Wenger had initially included Sanchez in his travelling party to face Crystal Palace this weekend, but on Friday night it emerged that the former Barcelona star had been left out and was instead ready to undergo a medical with United.

Although he played no part in the Wembley showpiece, Sanchez is all smiles in the video and despite animosity from pockets of supporters regarding his move, his Instagram statement aimed to reflect the happier times for him in an Arsenal shirt. Manchester United have offered the Chile striker a basic salary of nearly £100million over the next four-and-ahalf years, and that has raised the bar in the Old Trafford pay stakes.

In a deal that involves Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way, Sanchez's arrival was finally made official after a whole lot of buzz around it.

'Wage parity is very important to players.

Sanchez's arrival also comes with a £10m sign-on fee, a £15m fee for his agent, Fernando Felicevich, and a £35m transfer fee.

I think we are going to be successful'. "That can help us as well because he can play together with Ozil as well as playmaker, so overall it's a good move", he added.

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If Sanchez does not make an appearance then his debut could come in the Premier League against Tottenham on January 31.

"Yep, Red definitely suits you", said Chile's Football Association in a tweet. Arsene Wenger is believed to have held a long-standing interest in the player - he even tried to sign him before United snapped him up initially - and Arsenal were intrigued at the prospect of taking him in exchange for Sanchez.

"I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Manchester United players and staff and especially the fans for your love, passion and support".

"The chance to play in this historic stadium (Old Trafford) and to work with (United manager) Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down".

Mkhitaryan said it was a "dream" to move to Arsenal.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be the player departing Old Trafford for the Emirates, and further reports suggest that the entire deal will be a straight swap, with no financial incentives on offer from any side.

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