Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez is ‘likely’ to join Manchester United this month, though the deal could break down at any moment. The French tactician also admitted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be involved in a part-exchange agreement for the Chile international.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference, Wenger admitted that Sanchez could secure his switch to Old Trafford in the near future, whilst hinting that Mkhitaryan could be the player acting as a makeweight in the agreement.
“I worked on transfers for 30 years so it is likely to happen, but at any moment it can break down,” he is quoted as saying by the club’s official website. When asked on Mkhitaryan’s situation, he added: “I like the player. We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund. He appreciated the quality of our games. The wages would not be a problem.”
It had previously been suggested that Mkhitaryan was stalling on a proposed agreement in order to push for a wage increase, but this does not seem to be hindering the deal, as per Wenger’s comments.
Super-agent Mino Raiola has the tendency to get the best financial packages for his clients, and it appears that the Italian representative is aiming to bag a decent sum in terms of agent fees by prolonging Mkhitaryan’s move.
As things stand, both players have participated in training for their respective clubs, and Sanchez, in particular, could feature for the Gunners versus Crystal Palace on Saturday, as per Wenger, if no transfer agreement is reached.