Manchester United’s breathtaking deal to sign Alexis Sanchez is worth around £180 million after the forward agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract.
The deal will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan head the other way after he too agreed personal terms with the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger expects the deal to go through imminently but isn’t stopping there with Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bordeaux’s Malcom also on his shopping list.
The deal is expected to be completed within the next 36 hours but talks are continuing over Mkhitaryan’s wage. His wage is believed to be in the region of £175,000-a-week and Arsenal’s insistence that a fee is included in the deal.
The 29-year-old will be paid £14m a year after tax – just under £27m a year before tax – to join United. This is on top of his £30m valuation, £20m signing-on fee, and an agents’ fee worth more than £10m.
That all adds up to around £180m for a player who had entered the final six months of his Arsenal contract. This goes some way to explaining why Manchester City walked away from negotiations.
Chelsea also went close to signing Sanchez last summer, but would not match the figures on offer at Old Trafford.
Sanchez wanted trophies, to win his first Premier League title after years of failure at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger, the manager who signed him from Barcelona in 2014, let him down on that score.