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Alexis Sanchez reportedly agrees on a four-and-a-half-year deal with Manchester United

Manchester United have reportedly agreed on a four-and-a-half-year deal worth £14 million a season with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. The reports, carried by the Telegraph suggest that figure will be after tax which is a pretty hefty wage if these reports are correct. Looking at how the media has reported anything related to United this season, it has been reported negatively which leads to many suggesting United have thrown money at the problem, which is something Manchester City fans have already suggested. Not that their team have been doing that since their inception in 2006!

It was suggested that Sanchez we set on a deal with City, playing for Pep Guardiola once again, but on Monday evening, at half-time in United’s 3-0 victory over Stoke City, it was announced that City had ruled themselves out of signing the Chilean this winter. Then came the City fans stating Sanchez was not good enough, was too old and too expensive. Then the claim that the player had chosen money over success. You cannot write that sort of idiocy.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is seeming part of the deal with reports suggesting that he is close to an agreement with Arsenal, a replacement for the Chilean, allowing Sanchez to move to Old Trafford. It has been suggested that the player will be handed the number seven shirt at the Theatre of Dreams and that manager Jose Mourinho will utilise him on the right-wing, an area the club needed to strengthen, which seems to be the case now, or close to it.

Earlier in the week, it was suggested that Arsenal had requested Anthony Martial to be part of the deal, something which was rejected by United. Why would United want to lose Martial, a 22-year-old who has the world at his feet right now? There has been plenty of speculation that Martial was not wanted at United, but that is purely speculation. Nothing more. Martial scored against Stoke on Monday, continuing his goalscoring feats against the same team for the last three seasons.

Mkhitaryan, a player who has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford, despite his great start in the first few matches of the season, he soon saw criticism from Mourinho after he literally disappeared in a run of matches then missed the next six games. Since returning to action, the Armenian has not found his form from the start of the season, which seems to be one of the reasons as to why he was offered to Arsenal as part of the deal for Sanchez. It is a shame to lose Mkhitaryan, but there is no sentiment in football.

Looking at the positive signs from the potential signing of Sanchez, it will give United a world-class player, one who despite just turning 29, still has the hunger to achieve, despite failing to achieve much in North London with Arsenal. Signing one of Arsenal’s top players again is a suggestion that despite United failing to set the world alight after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club is still a club deemed more successful than some of the others in the Premier League. United have pedigree, a history of success, and morals.

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