At the start of the week, it was near-certain that Alexis Sanchez would be a Manchester City player. Having nearly signed in the summer and City finally losing a game (4-3 to Liverpool), it seemed likely that a move for the Chilean was just around the corner. However, supposed breakdowns in wage and agency fees has put the Citizens off moving forward with the deal, leaving rivals United able to pick up a top quality player all on their own.
However, the deal is beginning to drag along as Henrikh Mkhitaryan still is to agree terms with Arsenal. The move is a major part of the deal, and missing out on the Armenian would mean Arsenal would likely not sell the player in the end. While the Red Devils are sure they have things tied up on their end, The Daily Telegraph quoted Jose Mourinho, the United manager, on the progress of the deal.
“There is no point in trying to hide or deny but [the transfer is] not done at all, so in this moment Mkhitaryan is our player, Sanchez an Arsenal player and with a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus on the most important thing, which is the match.” Mourinho said.
With the deal no closer to being completed, then, both sides face a draining wait as they try to work out what the next course of action is for two players who clearly wish to swap places.