Alexis Sanchez: Manchester United plan to play Arsenal star with Anthony Martial

Alexis Sanchez transfer latest: Wenger confirms Man. United move nearly done

Sanchez was reported to have left Arsenal's team hotel on Friday night just before 11pm and was said to be headed for Manchester to complete his move to Old Trafford. Nearly four years after, the London club sold the talented player to Manchester United for £35m, bagging in the bargain the services of Armenian striker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Manchester United have offered the Chile striker a basic salary of nearly £100million over the next four-and-ahalf years, and that has raised the bar in the Old Trafford pay stakes.

United emerged as front runners to sign the Chilean worldwide earlier this month and Sanchez reportedly agreed personal terms over a lucrative contract last weekend.

I can not stand up what they say but if we sign somebody we will announce it.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has hailed Jose Mourinho for building a strong defence at the club after they recorded their 14th clean sheet of the Premier League season at Burnley. "So close, so close, so close, if it doesn't happen it is not going to happen", he said. "I think that also gets through to the player", added the Chilean goal-scoring machine.

In an exclusive interview with Manchester United TV (MUTV) immediately after he signed, Sanchez said that Mourinho was one of the reasons why he joined Man United, saying the manager had a title-winning history in Spain, Italy and England.

The number 7 is THE shirt at Old Trafford, having been worn by club greats such as George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"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", he wrote.

Before joining Dortmund in 2013, Mkhitaryan spent four years in Donetsk, Ukraine, first with Metalurh and later with Shakhtar, whom he helped win the Ukrainian league and cup double in three successive seasons between 2011 and 2013. He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he's very committed as well.

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