Manchester United have reportedly agreed on an overall package of nearly £180m in order to pursue the services of Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez this month. The Chile international was deemed to have already finalised terms over his Old Trafford switch, and according to The Telegraph, the deal could end up costing £180m over the course of the forward’s four-and-a-half year stay.
As per the report, Sanchez is on course to become the Premier League’s highest-earner with his wage demands currently in excess of £500,000-a-week before tax. In additional to his annual £27m salary, United are also expected to part with £30m in the form of agent and signing-on fees, whilst a similar sum is likely to be offered to the Gunners to pursue his signature. The 29-year-old will be paid £14m a year after tax which amounts to £63m for the length of his contract.
Despite the staggering fees on the table, the deal is still hinging on Henrikh Mkhitaryan pursuing a switch to the Emirates, and the Armenian is, for now, reluctant to join the north London side, unless he becomes their highest-paid recruit.
Mkhitaryan has struggled to find form since the end of August, and it would be ideal for him and United to part ways, as he would get the chance to revive his career with the Gunners whilst the Red Devils are benefited from the services of Sanchez, whose workrate on the playing field is matched by very few players in English top-flight.