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Arsenal's latest demand is holding up Mkhitaryan - Sanchez swap deal

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The January transfer window is not always exciting, but 2018 is proving otherwise.

Although Manchester City look set to claim the Premier League title with considerable ease, the race for the three remaining Champions League spots has convinced a number of the Premier League's biggest clubs to splash the cash.

Liverpool have already spent £75 million on Virgil Van Dijk, whereas Chelsea look set to make a move for Andy Carroll after already securing the signing of Ross Barkley from Everton.

And in the most sensational January deals of them all, Arsenal look resigned to selling Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to move the other way.

The deal has dominated the headlines in recent days, and In his press conference on Thursday morning Arsene Wenger confirmed that the deal could be finalised very soon.

"It is likely to happen but any minute things can break down," the Frenchman said about the deal.  "As long as it's not over the line you can accept it might not happen.

"It's now in the next 24 or 48 hours it will happen or not."

THE REAL REASON THE DEAL IS BEING DELAYED

It has been reported by many media outlets that the deal is almost complete, with the only stumbling block coming in the form of the Armenian's wage demands.

However, Wenger claimed that his wage demands are not an issue, with the 68-year-old stating earlier on Thursday: "The wages will not be a problem."

With wages now seemingly not the issue, the Evening Standard claim that there is another reason for the delay.

The Standard claim that Arsenal are now demanding that Manchester United pay £10 million plus Mkhitaryan for Sanchez; despite the Chilean having just six months left on his contract.

The London club believe that Arsenal are reluctant to complete a straight swap deal as they believe Sanchez is worth more than Mkhitaryan, especially after the Armenian's disappointing 18-month spell at Old Trafford.

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WENGER REVEALS HIS ADMIRATION FOR MKHITARYAN

Mkhitaryan is expected to become Arsenal's highest paid player on around £175,000, and Wenger revealed to the media his admiration for the 28-year-old.

"I like the player," Wenger said.

"We played many times against him when he was at [Borussia] Dortmund. He certainly appreciated the quality of our game and the way we play football. That’s why certainly he loves the club as well."

It seems one of the biggest swap deals in Premier League history will be completed in the next few days, but the deal may potentially hinge on whether United decide to pay £10 million plus Mkhitaryan for Sanchez.

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Topics:
Arsenal
Arsene Wenger
Manchester United
Premier League
Alexis Sanchez
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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