This could be big news in the transfer saga of the season.
Mina Raiola, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s super-agent, has had his say on how the Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United transfer will pan out.
The man who brought Paul Pogba to Old Trafford for a personal cut of around £40million has spoken publicly on the move for the first time.
According to The Times, Raiola is adamant that Jose Mourinho will only be able to get Sanchez to move to the red side of Manchester if Mkhitaryan agrees a move to the Emirates.
“Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not the other way round,” Raiola is reported as saying.
“Manchester United is not going to sign Sanches unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal.”
Well, well, well.
It appears that the ball is completely in Mkhitaryan’s court and by the sounds of things, if he refuses to budge it could scupper not only Sanchez’s move to Old Trafford but also Arsenal’s pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal reportedly prefer United’s Anthony Martial as part of the exchange for the best player but the Old Trafford hierarchy are unwilling to let the French youngster go, especially after splashing £50million on him just a couple of seasons ago.
City dropped out of the race to sign the Chilean last night, as they said the package had become more expensive than that they agreed in the summer despite Sanchez having just six months left of his contract.
In a late development, Arsenal’s West London neighbours Chelsea have expressed an interest in bringing the 29-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
However, Raiola’s comments suggest there is only one realistic destination for Sanchez and it’s Manchester.
Particularly as his wage demands are astronomical at £350,000 per week and United are one of the very few sides who could afford that.
Come on Mkhi, put us out of our misery.