Manchester United have reportedly emerged as potential contenders to sign Arsenal contract rebel Alexis Sanchez this month. The Chile international has just over five months left on his Gunners deal, and the club are likely to sanction his sale this month rather than losing him on a free transfer in the summer.
Premier League rivals Manchester City have held a long-term interest in the Chilean, and they are said to have recently made an opening £20m bid for his services. Whilst Arsenal are still contemplating over the offer, The Guardian reports United have entered the race with an improved offer of £25m($34m) to pursue the former Barcelona man.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils are also prepared to discuss a potential swap deal for Sanchez with Henrikh Mkhitaryan offered to join the north London outfit. Jose Mourinho was bitterly disappointed at the club’s inability to sign a new widemen in the summer, and they appear to have stepped up their pursuit with a hopeful raid for Sanchez.
The Chilean is widely regarded as one of the best attackers in the Premier League, but his performances this season have not been upto scratch, barring certain stages of games where he has turned out. Arsene Wenger’s side could be tempted by the prospect of a player exchange deal for Sanchez, but it is suggested that Mkhitaryan’s £200,000-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block in the proposed move.