Manchester United completed the signing of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Manchester United completed the signing of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan
  • Chilean forward, Alexis Sanchez finally joined Manchester United in a four-and-a-half-year deal worth £14 million a year after tax.
  • Now, he is also going to be the highest-paid player in the Premier League earning close to £500,000 per week at Old Trafford.

However, Manchester City had almost signed him the last summer. In addition, Mesut Ozil was also linked up at Old Trafford. Although, he stayed at Arsenal.

Manchester City ended their interest last week as Arsenal demanded £35 million for the striker. After that, Manchester United was the favorite to sign the striker. Furthermore, he joined Manchester United in a swap deal with former United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

As per the report, Mkhitaryan is valued at £30 million for which Manchester United had paid £26.3 million in July 2016.

Since his signing, the Armenian international scored 13 goals in 63 appearances for United. Although, he has not been the key factor for United this season starting in only 10 Premier League games.

Manchester United confirmed the signing of the Chilean striker through the Twitter account with him playing ‘Glory, Glory Man Utd’ on a piano.

Talking about his transfer, Sanchez said,

“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.”

Further, he added,

“The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down. I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”

The 29-year-old striker will wear the No. 7 shirt which was previously worn by the club’s legends such as Eric Cantona, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition, Manchester United is looking really strong along with their inform players, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, and now Alexis Sanchez.

Alexis Sanchez signed for Manchester United
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Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho said,

 “Alexis is one of the best-attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players. He will bring his ambition, drive, and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.”

While speaking about the swap of Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal, Mourinho commented,

“I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get. He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory.”

As he was near to moved from Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez posted on Instagram,

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Quiero agradecer al Staff Técnico, al equipo médico, a todos los compañeros con los que compartí muchas cosas lindas para el club y en especial a todas esas personas que no se ven en las portadas, pero que sin ellos nada seria posible, que son los que te preparan la comida y te cuidan día día, los que nos mantienen los zapatos limpios y campos de fútbol en las mejores condiciones para entrenar. Mil gracias a Ustedes por ayudarnos a mejorar cada día. Gracias por tanto cariño 😢. Hay personas (ex jugadores del club) que han hablado sin conocimiento de lo que ocurre en la interna y causan daño. Debo decir que siempre me entregué al 100%, hasta el último día, en que le pedí al Mister estar con el equipo, por que quería ser un aporte. Recuerdo hoy, una conversación que tuve con Henry, un histórico de Arsenal, que cambió de club, por la misma razón que hoy me toca a mi. Gracias por todo Gunners ! I want to say thanks to the Technical Staff, to the medical team and all teammates with whom I shared many nice things for the club and especially those people who do not see themselves on the covers, but without them nothing would be possible, which are there to prepare food for us and take care of us day by day, those who keep our shoes clean and the grass in the best conditions. Many thanks to you for helping us to improve every day. Thank you very much 😢. There are people (former club players) who have spoken with no knowledge of what happens inside the club and cause damage. I must say I always gave 100%, until the last day, when I asked to the Mister to be in the team, because I wanted to be a contribution. I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn. Thanks for everything Gunners! All we achieved and the good moments that I gave to the club, I want to dedicate it to the fans, they are the most important. Thanks for every time you sing Alexis Sanchez Baby

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Alexis Sanchez’s spell at Arsenal

Sanchez signed for Arsenal in July 2014 from Barcelona. Since then, he has been the key factor and also a goal scorer for the club. So far, he scored 80 goals in 165 matches for the club.

Last season, he was also the top goal scorer of the club netting total of 30 goals in 51 matches. Besides this, he has also won the FA Cup in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.

Additionally, the Chilean striker has also won FA Community Shield with his former club.

Alexis Sanchez after winning the FA Cup
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Moreover, the 29-year-old forward was also named Arsenal Player of the Season for the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.

Prior to Arsenal, he was at Barcelona where he played along with football great Lionel Messi and also won La Liga in 2012-13, Copa del Rey in 2011-12, UEFA Super Cup in 2011, and a few more silverware.

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Short Bio on Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez is a professional football player, who represents Chile at the international level. Furthermore, he also plays for English Premier League side Arsenal as a winger. As a successful football player, he has also played with La Liga giant Barcelona winning La Liga in the 2012-13 season and UEFA Super Cup in 2011. In addition, he has also won the Golden Ball in Copa America 2016. Moreover, Alexis has also lifted the Copa America triumph twice, 2015 and 2016. More Bio…