Sky Sports football expert Danny Higginbotham believes Manchester United would be doing an ‘unbelievable’ piece of business, should they manage to prise Alexis Sanchez away from Arsenal. The Chile international is widely expected to leave the Emirates during the winter transfer window with his contract due to expire in five months’ time.
Jose Mourinho’s side appear to have turned their attention from Lucas Moura to Sanchez over the past 24 hours, and Sky Sports News has recently reported that United are prepared to pay more than Manchester City to pursue the 29-year-old forward.
Speaking on the Premier League Daily, Higginbotham feels Sanchez could do wonders with United with his style of play likely to have a significant impact on the club’s attack front, he said: “I think the way that he plays – he can come short and create space in behind or he can get the ball himself and get the team on the front foot.
“I think whoever does get him will find themselves with a stronger squad, so from that point of view it would be an unbelievable signing for Manchester United if they were to get him, especially if it was at the expense of Manchester City with them two being huge rivals.”
Sanchez has looked far from his best form this season, courtesy of the transfer saga revolving around him, but a move to a fresh club is likely to bring the best of his abilities as he will be capable of playing with freedom without the pressure of extending his contract.
Should a deal go through, Sanchez is likely to slot on the left side of the attack, but the Chilean is also capable of leading the lead after excelling in the position during the course of the 2016/17 Premier League season. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has refused to lift the lid on potential offers, but there is a suggestion that United are clear favourites with City reluctant to pay anything more than £20m for Sanchez.