Alexis Sanchez.

Sean Dyche compares Alexis Sanchez to Daniel Radcliffe in bizarre wage rant

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Alexis Sanchez is close to securing his move to Manchester United after arriving at their Carrington training ground to complete his medical on Sunday. 

The forward has been trying to force a move away from Arsenal since the conclusion of last season but failed to make a move last summer. 

Five months ago, it was Manchester City who looked set to sign Sanchez, but they couldn't conclude a deal in August and have since chosen to pull out of the race to sign him.

The reason was reported to be the 29-year-old's wage and the high fees demanded by his agent Fernando Felicevich - that could see him personally earn £10 million from the deal.

Although it's not yet confirmed, a number of outlets have suggested Sanchez is set to make anything between £350,000-a-week and £450,000-a-week.

When his move to United is confirmed, it will make him one of the highest earners in Europe, let alone in the Premier League. 

With many clubs like City put off by his demands and fans turning against the Chile international, Burnley manager Sean Dyche has jumped to his defense in bizarre fashion. 

Speaking ahead of his team's loss to United on Saturday, Dyche compared Sanchez to Daniel Radcliffe, who starred in the Harry Potter films. 

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"Take Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter. So he starts off with the first film, he's 13 and he gets £150,000. Do you think he got £150,000 for the second film? He certainly did not," the Burnley boss told Goal, per the Evening Standard.

"Then the third film comes along and now he's 15 and he gets £15 million, let's say. Then the fourth film comes along and he isn't getting £15 million, he's getting £35 million and he's still only 19.

"No one comes along and says, 'No, no, no, give him £150,000, that's what he got for the first film.' That's ridiculous. So why should it be different for sportsmen?"

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To be fair to Sanchez, the improvement he's made probably does deserve a pay rise, especially as he's one of the league's best players. 

And Dyche makes a good point, albeit, with a bizarre comparison.

Although judging by some of Sanchez's magical performances in an Arsenal shirt, you could argue he's a wizard in his own right, so maybe Dyche was actually spot on. 


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