Manchester United and Arsenal are struggling to push Alexis Sanchez’s move to Old Trafford through before tomorrow’s lunchtime deadline for registering footballers to play this weekend; meaning he’s unlikely to take on Burnley. That’s the view of The Mirror’s John Cross, who’s coverage of the impending deal has been excellent thus far.
It seems as though The Mirror expect this to be a swap move, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading the other way – and that’d certainly make sense for all involved parties. Perhaps that’s what is holding up the issue, as it’s notoriously tough to negotiate transfers that include a player-for-player deal.
Arsenal and Man United struggling to get Sanchez/Mkhitaryan done in time for Friday's 12 noon deadline to play on Saturday, but deal edging closer. Arsenal also closing in on Aubameyang as Dortmund admit his head has been turned https://t.co/I8OpZs1jGq
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 18, 2018
Obviously, we’d all like to see Sanchez running down the wing for Manchester United against Burnley, but these things take time and every minor detail has to be right.
At the end of the day, we’ve coped without him for the season until now, so one more game isn’t going to make all that much difference – particularly in a title race where we’re twelve points behind.
If the deal doesn’t get done, we could see Sanchez make his debut in FA Cup action on Friday night against Yeovil Town – a fixture that would present him with an excellent opportunity to score his first Red Devils goal.