Arsene Wenger insists Alexis Sanchez’s proposed move to Manchester United is “likely to happen” in the next 24 hours, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming the other way.
Arsene Wenger additionally affirmed Mkhitaryan‘s wages won’t be an issue in the potential swap deal and the Armenian international is viewed as an immediate trade for Sanchez, who is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer.
Wenger said: “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years so it is likely to happen but any moment things can break down,”
“That’s how the transfer market is so as long as it’s not over the line you have to accept that it can as well not happen. These kinds of things are never guaranteed.”
When asked whether Mkhitaryan was involved in the deal, Wenger said: “My understanding is yes. The wages would not be a problem.
“Of course [I like him]. If it’s a possibility it’s because I like the player.
“We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund so he’s certainly appreciated the quality of our games and the way we play football so that’s why certainly he loves the club.
“This would be an exchange of players and I think one would replace the other. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”
Jose Mourinho led side are ready to pay the Chilean more than £350,000 every week and Wenger revealed Arsenal “did the most extreme the club could bear” to keep Alexis Sanchez.
“I wouldn’t like to come out on the numbers because that’s Man Utd’s problem,” the Frenchman said. “I respect Man Utd because they generate the money they pay to the players with their own resources so you have to respect that.
“After that, it’s down to them to know how much they want to give to the player. Overall Man Utd are a club very well managed financially and of course as well on the pitch so that’s why I don’t have any problems with the money they pay.
“He’s 29 years old so the next contract will be, of course, very important for him.
“We did the maximum we could afford to do and one day maybe I will come out on that but today is not the moment.”