It has taken a while, and it has been a draining transfer saga but Alexis Sanchez is now officially a Manchester United player.
The Chilean forward has moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal, in a deal which sees Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way.
Since signing for Arsenal in the summer of 2014, Sanchez has scored 80 goals with 30 coming last season in all competitions when he was the Gunners’ top goalscorer.
Armenian international, Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored 13 goals in 63 appearances during his time in Manchester, after originally moving to England from Borussia Dortmund in a £26.3million move.
In his first interview with manutd.com, Sanchez was clearly delighted after the move to Old Trafford got over the line:
“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I couldn’t turn down.”
It’s a good move for Sanchez, especially as he gets to return to the Champions League. A player of his quality should always be involved with Europe’s elite.
But I’m not buying this, ‘Playing under Mourinho was something I couldn’t turn down.’ when he was trying to push a move through to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City during Deadline Day back in August…
I’d be intersested to hear your thoughts on this transfer, who got the better deal out of the two clubs? Let me know on Twitter, @MLShocker.