Arsenal purchased Alexis Sanchez, the Chile worldwide from Barcelona in 2014 for £31.7million. Almost 4 years after, the London membership offered the gifted participant to Manchester United for £35m, bagging within the discount the providers of Armenian striker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The swap deal was definitely a worthwhile one for Arsene Wenger’s workforce and it was additionally a great one for Sanchez, as he would earn the largest pay within the English Premier League.
Sanchez stated right now he was “thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world” as he accomplished his transfer to Manchester United.
And why not? The 29-year-old Chile worldwide will turn into the highest-paid participant in Premier League historical past.
“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,” stated Sanchez.
“The probability to play on this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was one thing I couldn’t flip 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.”
British media have claimed Sanchez will earn a pre-tax weekly wage of round £500,000 ($695,000, 567,000 euros).
The swap deal that brings an finish to Armenia worldwide Mkhitaryan’s blended 18 months at Old Trafford had been anticipated for a number of days.
“Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players,” stated United supervisor Jose Mourinho.
“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.”
Sanchez spent three years at Barcelona, profitable La Liga in 2013 earlier than twice lifting the FA Cup with Arsenal however his relationship with the membership soured after he tried to orchestrate a transfer to United’s rivals Manchester City in the summertime.
He has performed 119 occasions for Chile, whom he helped to win back-to-back Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016, though they didn’t qualify for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup in Russia.
His transfer to United was celebrated again in his homeland, the place followers on social media lauded the Red Devils’ “winning” mentality, in distinction to the paucity of latest success at Arsenal.
“The golden destiny of Alexis,” stated each day newspaper La Tercera, which claimed the information would heat the hearts of Chilean followers nonetheless upset over the nation’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Coach Jose Sulantay informed El Mercurio that Sanchez had accomplished properly to select United over Manchester City, rumoured to be his most well-liked vacation spot till they had been outbid by Mourinho’s workforce.
“City never stop passing the ball and that has an impact on the players by masking their individual talent,” stated Sulantay, the previous coach of the Chilean youth groups.
“United are very direct and that’s why Alexis’s power, technique and speed will be a huge boost for Mourinho’s team.”
The spotlight of Mkhitaryan’s transient keep in Manchester was scoring within the Europa League closing victory over Ajax final season.
He additionally helped the membership win the League Cup, having beforehand gained three Ukrainian titles with Shakhtar Donetsk and 4 Armenian crowns with Pyunik.
Mkhitaryan joined United for round £30 million in 2016 after three years at Borussia Dortmund.