The Man Utd player Arsene Wenger attempted to sign during Alexis Sanchez talks

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Alexis Sanchez will undergo a medical at Manchester United today after Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreed to leave the Red Devils for Arsenal.

A straight swap deal has been agreed between the two clubs, per BBC Sport, for the two attacking midfielders.

Mkhitaryan, who arrived in London yesterday, will undergo his Arsenal medical today and tomorrow.

This is an unusual deal in the sense that it appears to suit all parties.

Arsenal acquire the services a quality player in exchange for the unsettled Sanchez, whose contract was set to expire in the summer and who is desperate to join a club competing for major honours both domestically and in Europe.

Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, will now have the opportunity to rediscover his form and confidence under a coach in Arsene Wenger who, unlike Jose Mourinho, has faith in his ability.

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There was talk that Wenger wanted Martial

There was also talk last week that, instead of Mkhitaryan, Wenger attempted to sign Anthony Martial as part of the deal for Sanchez.

However, there was never any chance of Mourinho agreeing to sell the 22-year-old French forward to Arsenal.

Although he’s had his difficulties under Mourinho, Martial has been in fine form of late and has a big future ahead of him at Old Trafford.

The Man Utd player Wenger really wanted

Now, though, The Sun are reporting that Wenger made an approach for yet another United player during the recent transfer negotiations.

It’s understood that Wenger wanted Luke Shaw - yep, a left-back - in exchange for Sanchez.

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United, needless to say, rejected the approach and are expected to take up the option of the extra year on the England international’s contract rather than losing him at the end of the season.

Shaw was on the bench v Burnley

Shaw has been in fine form of late and was even praised by Mourinho ahead of the match against Burnley on Saturday.

"I'm really happy and [looking at the transfer market], I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw,” the Portuguese coach said, per the Mirror, on Friday.

Despite that, Shaw found himself on the bench at Turf Moor, with Mourinho opting for Ashley Young’s experience instead.


"I'm really happy with Luke,” Mourinho insisted following the 1-0 win. "As I said yesterday, I don't need to go to the transfer market to get a left-back because I'm really happy with Luke and with the adaptation of Ashley Young so I’m really happy.

"But I think this match is a very specific one and one that you need the experience of Young and he also projects very well in attack."

If Shaw decides to leave United, The Sun understand that Arsenal will return for the former Southampton starlet.

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