Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Thursday made a shocking revelation over the transfer status of Alexis Sanchez. Wenger said that a deal sending the Chilean forward to Manchester United is ‘likely to happen’ and the Armenian footballer Henrikh Mkhitaryan would move to the Emirates Stadium in exchange. The Chilean international will be out of contract by the end of the season which means he would be up for grabs by big teams. However, the front-runners Manchester City recently cleared the air over the transfer news and ended its interest in Sanchez, leaving United most likely to sign the Chile forward.
When asked if Sanchez’s move to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ was close, the Frenchman said,”I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen. But at any moment, at any minute, things can break down.” On Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction, Wenger said,”if it’s a possibility, it’s because I like the player.” Wenger said it would be “an exchange of players, and I think one would replace the other.”
The Red Devil’s midfielder was left out of the squad to face Stoke City in the Premier League on Monday. British media have reported that United are attempting to bring Chilean Sanchez to the club during the January transfer window — six months before his contract at Arsenal runs out.
Meanwhile, 29-year-old Sanchez was also left out of Arsenal’s squad for their 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, with Wenger saying a decision on the Chilean’s future was “imminent”. “Yes (it’s imminent). Don’t read too much in it because even I don’t know which way it will go,” said the Frenchman. “He’s being vague at the moment. The situation is not completely decided one way or the other, so I left him at home.”