Sanchez set for medical, Mkhitaryan done separately

Date published: Saturday 20th January 2018 2:00

Alexis Sanchez is reportedly set to have his medical at Manchester United after a development in his move from Arsenal.

Sanchez had been expected to be named in Arsenal’s squad for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace, but said goodbye to his teammates on Friday evening.

It is thought that Henrikh Mkhitaryan did exactly the same at Manchester United, with hopes that the deal can be done this weekend.

However, in the Daily Mirror John Cross writes that the Sanchez and Mkhitaryan moves will no longer be a swap deal for the two players. That had caused complications in the valuation of the two players, holding up the deal.

Instead, there will be two separate moves for two separate transfer fees. In these situations, it is best to assume that this is all a measure to get Mino Raiola the most money.

Everyone gets very hot under the collar about swap deals, but the complications in agreeing on player-plus-cash moves are why they so rarely happen. If both clubs get the player they want, everyone’s still happy. Hopefully.

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