The latest development in the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga suggests it is unlikely the Arsenal forward will complete his move to Manchester United in time to play against Burnley tomorrow.
Sanchez has reportedly agreed terms on his own move but as of today is still in London – and, perhaps even more crucially, Henrikh Mkhitaryan today arrived at United’s AON Training Complex to report for training.
Nothing unusual in that – player reports to club he is contracted to – but given the Armenian’s association and link with this move, it does at least appear increasingly unlikely that a swap deal will be concluded ahead of the deadline today, which would be necessary in order for Sanchez to play tomorrow.
This is of course assuming that the reports of the deal being a swap are true – United may well intend to conclude their signing of Sanchez as a separate deal, though, that does seem unlikely given the way the last few days have gone.
The following game after that is the FA Cup game at Yeovil Town next Friday night and it does therefore seem likely that if Sanchez does move to Manchester United, his league debut will come at Wembley against Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.