Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan is reportedly demanding an increase on his £150,000-a-week wages in order to join Arsenal in a part-exchange deal. The 28-year-old’s move is correlated with Alexis Sanchez, who has already agreed personal terms with Manchester United this month.
According to John Cross from The Mirror, Mkhitaryan is acting as the stumbling block in Sanchez’s proposed transfer as he is looking to earn a decent rise of his current salary. The Armenian’s wages at Old Trafford are only bettered by Gunners forward Alexandre Lacazette, and he is eyeing the prospect of becoming the club’s highest-paid player.
Super-agent Mino Raiola has already suggested that his client could take time to make a final decision, and it appears that the Italian representative is looking to hand the Armenian a handsome wage package whilst earning a decent sum himself in form of agent fees.
Nevertheless, the proposed transfer appears to have reached its final phase, and the Gunners are seemingly keen on getting a deal done with Mkhitaryan as they want Sanchez off their books than losing him on a free in six months’ time.
Sanchez, who has contributed 80 goals during his three-and-a-half seasons with Arsenal, will most probably slot into the left side of the attack at Old Trafford, and this could push Anthony Martial onto the right-wing, where he may face competition from Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford.