19 Jan, 08:45
Alexis Sanchez was forced to train with Arsenal reserves on Thursday ahead of his potential move to Manchester United.
The Chile international has already agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Jose Mourinho’s side which will make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League. But Sanchez’s switch to Old Trafford is being held up by Arsenal’s ongoing negotiations with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsene Wenger has insisted that matching the midfielder’s wages would not be a problem but the two clubs have not agreed on a transfer fee.According to The Times, Arsenal is demanding Mkhitaryan as well as a transfer fee between £8-12 million from United for Sanchez.
The report also claims that Sanchez turned up for training on Thursday but did not join in with Arsenal’s first team and instead took part in a session with their youth players. Earlier on Thursday, Wenger confirmed that the Chilean transfer to United is ‘likely’ and believed the deal could be completed before the weekend.
It’s understood that Mourinho is pushing for the transfer to be finalised by midday on Friday so that Sanchez can be registered to play in United’s trip to Burnley on Saturday.
Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, trained with United as normal on Thursday as his agent Mino Raiola continues negotiations with Arsenal. If his transfer is also completed by noon on Friday, the 28-year-old could be in line to make his debut in Arsenal’s clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday.