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Journalist explains why Alexis Sanchez & Henrikh Mkhitaryan deal is stalling

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Jose Mourinho has made it very clear he wants to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, but even he has no idea what's happening with the proposed swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Most publications - including us here at GiveMeSport - expected a move to be completed by 12pm on Friday yet the weekend is almost here and nothing has happened.

So why is that? Mkhitaryan's wage demands of £200,000-per-week were previously a sticking point but Arsene Wenger said on Thurdsday: "The wages will not be a problem."

Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Mourinho summed up everyone's confusion by saying he has no idea why the deal has stalled.

"Nothing new. Clearly everyone knows that we are there and especially when the Arsenal manager speaks so clearly like he did, there is no point in trying to hide or deny," said Mourinho.

"But not done, not done at all. In this moment Mkhitaryan is our player, Sanchez is an Arsenal player.

"With a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus on what is the most important thing.

"I don't know what's holding it up. Sometimes people think transfers involve the managers a lot in the negotiations.

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"I think it depends a lot on the type of club, the way we establish our jobs and in my case when it goes to the table of negotiations I like to be out. I'm out.

"I will just be calmly waiting for news. No more than that. My involvement in the situation is just to say the reasons why I would like to have the player and no more than that. I'm out."

What on earth is going on here, then? Mourinho claims he hasn't been that involved in negotiations, so something else is delaying the swap deal.

Well, the BBC's David Ornstein may have just cleared up the confusion by explaining how Mkhitaryan's proposed move to Arsenal hinges on Mino Raiola's approval.

Ornstein wrote: "Mkhitaryan deal up to Raiola. If he agrees it happens, if doesn't it won't. No issue with #MUFC or player."

Mourinho now has his answer. It would appear Raiola hasn't given the green like to Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal and that's why the Armenian is still a Manchester United player.

The wait goes on.

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