Sanchez ‘Will Not’ Be Joining Man United
Alexis Sanchez’s fate is in the hands of Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to agent Mino Raiola.
Arsenal are not keen to do a deal with United for £35m-rated Sanchez unless they get the Armenian in return and according to Mkhitaryan’s agent Raiola, he hasn’t yet made up his mind.
United are keen to proceed, but it is now down to Mkhitaryan to decide what happens next.
Raiola told The Times: ‘Manchester United is not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal.’
‘Mkhi has not decided yet. Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it’s his decision.’
The midfielder was left out of United’s squad for the 3-0 win over Stoke on Monday, with Jose Mourinho worried his concentration would be affected by speculation.
It has also been reported that any deal could be a straight swap rather than involve a fee.
The Times reported that Raiola has visited Arsenal’s training ground to discuss a deal for Mkhitaryan in the January window, although no decision has yet been made.
Sanchez is expected to leave Arsenal this month, with the Gunners keen to cash in before his contract expires in the summer, but the destination is not clear.
Manchester City were front-runners, but are now understood to have backed away from a deal, initially leaving Manchester United with a clear run.
That has now been muddied slightly by the arrival of Chelsea and their late pursuit. Antonio Conte is keen on the player and has enquired.
Source: Dailymail Online