Sanchez, Mkhitaryan swap completed

Jose Mourinho wants to sign Sanchez and is willing to spend more than Manchester City

Jose Mourinho wants to sign Sanchez and is willing to spend more than Manchester City

The Chilean completed his move from Arsenal on Monday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Emirates as part of a swap deal, and will wear the iconic No 7 shirt at Old Trafford.

Sanchez is expected to complete his move from Arsenal to United within the next 24 hours.

Mkhitaryan joined United for around £30 million in 2016 after three years at Borussia Dortmund.

"Mkhitaryan can play on the wing or in midfield, so I believe he can play very well in many positions", said Wenger. The Premier League leader said Sanchez and his agent increased their financial demands and that it didn't want to destabilize the team by bringing in a player who would be its highest earner. There have been a lot of young players, he's managed them and they've done very well.

Mourinho lauded his new signing.

There were reports in December that a group of Arsenal players had grown increasingly frustrated by Sanchez's attitude.

Indeed, Arsenal's decline in form coincided with intensifying speculation over Sanchez's departure.

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The 29 year old, who had his birthday yesterday, has five assists from 11 starts in the Premier League with those coming in the first handful of games before his form disappeared.

Similarly, Sanchez said on Instagram that he "always gave 100%, until the last day", criticizing "people (former club players) who have spoken with no knowledge of what happens inside the club and cause damage".

He did score when United won last year's Europa League final and will aim to help Arsenal progress from the last 32 in that competition.

Mkhitaryan has been a marginal figure at United in recent months, with Jesse Lingard starting ahead of him behind Lukaku.

The Armenian's passing accuracy in the Premier League stands at 83.44 per cent, well clear of Sanchez's 75.86 per cent, so perhaps he will fit Arsene Wenger's philosophy.

Like with Rooney, there's something of the street footballer in Sanchez, who had humble beginnings - his mother, Martina, sold fish for a living and he used to play barefoot in a style that made him look like he "was dodging rocks".

Sanchez's debut for United could come on Friday, in the FA Cup fourth-round match at fourth-tier Yeovil.

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