Alexis Sanchez isn’t a Manchester United player just yet but it’s definitely a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.
The Chilean will leave Arsenal for Old Trafford with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction.
A couple of weeks ago, that swap deal would have seemed crazy.
Sanchez looked for all the world as if he would join table-toppers Manchester City, having missed out on a reunion with Pep Guardiola in the summer.
And with just six months left on his deal at Arsenal - and City having a crazy amount of money in the bank - it seemed nothing would stop Sanchez from becoming a City player either in January or the summer.
Nothing other than Manchester United, that is.
That’s because Jose Mourinho’s side have incredibly stolen in and snatched Sanchez from underneath their noses by paying the forward a ridiculous amount of money.
Despite having already wrapped up the Premier League title, losing out on a top quality player like Sanchez must be tough to take for City - especially as it’s their city-rivals that have signed him instead.
GUARDIOLA REACTS TO SANCHEZ DEAL
But Guardiola, who is earning plenty of plaudits for the football his side are playing this season, doesn’t seem too concerned.
In fact, his reaction to Sanchez signing for the Red Devils was incredibly classy.
“I am not the guy with the numbers, what I know right now is that Alexis is an Arsenal player and I think he’ll go to United so congratulations to both of them and good luck. My opinion of Alexis remains the same, I wish him all the best,” Guardiola said in his press conference.
The Spanish boss could easily have given a bitter answer - especially with reports claiming that United have offered Sanchez a ridiculous £500,000-per-week.
And when you consider that Mourinho was recently moaning about the amount of money City had been spending, nobody would have blamed the former Barca and Bayern boss from firing back.
Instead, his comments got plenty of plaudits from football fans who praised him for his reaction.
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Despite the deal being very close, Mourinho refused to speak about the prospect of Sanchez joining ahead of United’s Premier League clash against Burnley.
“I will speak with you if one day we sign him, I can speak with you about him and what he can bring to our team. He’s an Arsenal player, he’s not my player, there’s no point in me speaking about something that may or may not happen," Mourinho said.
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