Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the only man who can make the Alexis Sanchez move happen, according to the BBC.
Journalist David Ornstein always has accurate information when it comes to Arsenal and he has written that the Armenian’s decision will make or break the Sanchez deal.
Sanchez has agreed terms with United – thought to be worth £300,000 a week – and ‘the transfer can happen quickly’ if Mkhitarayan agrees to move in the opposite direction.
According to Ornstein, ‘neither Arsenal nor United will sanction the deal without Mkhitaryan travelling in the opposite direction’, with United needing to keep their squad small and Arsenal desperate for creativity.
But knowing that he has the power means that Mkhitaryan is in no rush to make a decision; he will presumably want to be recompensed by both clubs to make the deal happen.
The BBC report: ‘There are said to be alternative options on the table and that it is not entirely out of the question that he opts to stay at United, where he is under contract until 2020.’
Arsenal are also trying to sign Mkhitaryan’s old Borussia Dortmund teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the deal said to be close.
No coincidence that we’re in for former Dortmund pair of Mkhitaryan & Aubameyang.
Arsene wants a ready-made attacking partnership with an established understanding to revitalise our season. It’s like when he added Overmars to Bergkamp.
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) January 16, 2018