Alexis Sanchez takes aim at his critics after signing £600,000-a-week deal as Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap is confirmed
Alexis Sánchez insisted he left Arsenal to win trophies and appeared to hit back at the critics who have branded him a “mercenary” as the Chile striker claimed he had realised a childhood dream after finally completing his move to Manchester United on Monday evening.
Sánchez, who will wear the No7 shirt at Old Trafford, has signed a 4½ year contract with United to June 2022 that is worth around £600,000 a week once a £20 million signing on fee, bonuses and image rights are factored in. It makes him comfortably the highest paid player in Premier League history.
Arsenal have signed the Armenia playmaker, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, from United in return, and although no cash was exchanged between the clubs in the swap deal, the Sánchez transfer is effectively worth £180 million once his £30 million valuation, payments to the player and a £10m fee to his agent, Fernando Felicevich, are accounted for.
Manchester City had been the favourites to sign Sánchez before pulling out of the running after balking at the spiralling costs of the deal but the Chilean insisted he was joining “the biggest club in the world” and confirmed he had held talks with Sir Alex Ferguson about a move to United in 2011 before signing for Barcelona from Udinese.
Sánchez also said he had chosen to leave Arsenal for the “same reason” Thierry Henry quit the club for Barcelona in 2007, when the Frenchman signaled his desire to challenge for the biggest trophies, and took a parting shot at the former Arsenal players who have been critical of him.
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CHART: Alexis Sanchez has had more shots and created more chances than any of United’s players this season. Sanchez chart: Yahoo sport UK
The Alexis Sanchez transfer saga is finally over, with Manchester United swooping in to turn the Chilean’s head away from his reported agreement with Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City pulled out of the race after disagreements over signing-on fees and wages, paving the way for United to match Sanchez’s demands and offer Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a make-weight.
The 29-year-old will now earn a reported £350,000-a-week wage and join Jose Mourinho’s men in their attempts to close the gap on quadruple-chasing City.
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