Sanchez, Mkhitaryan swap completed

Sanchez, Mkhitaryan swap completed

Alexis Sanchez has completed his move to Manchester United from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading the other way in one of the most high-profile swap moves of all time.

Prior to that he had been expected to join Manchester City, who had a deal worth up to £60m accepted for Sanchez last August but could not complete a deal on transfer deadline day.

"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", Sanchez told Manchester United's official website after signing his contract.

"He's very attached to Arsenal & we were very attached to him as well, so it is not with pleasure that we lose him but it's part of professional life", he said.

"He's a player who I've always found it hard to score past, and so for me he is right up there with the best keepers in the world".

United's rivals Manchester City had tried to sign Sanchez in the summer and revisited the possibility in this window only to pull out due to the rising costs.


"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".

Reports indicated that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was keen on replacing Sanchez with Mkhitaryan, but the Armenian international's representative Mino Raiola suggested that a move was far from guaranteed.

Arsenal were said to be asking £35million for their star forward but have ultimately accepted a trade for the Armenia global to avoid getting nothing for Sanchez, who could have left for free at the end of his deal in June.

Mkhitaryan was substituted at halftime of his first league start for United, setting the tone for what has turned out to be a disappointing spell after arriving in English soccer for $33.5 million and with a big reputation in 2016. He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he's very committed as well.

"The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down".

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