Alexis Sanchez at Manchester
Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United


Manchester United have confirmed the signing og Alexis Sanchez from their rival  Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the opposite direction.

The Chile international said he was thrilled to be joining Manchester United, the biggest club in the world.

“I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.

“The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down.

He could not hide his excitement  being  the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team saying he hopes to  show the fans  fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring him to Manchester.

Alexis Sanchez signing his Manchester United contract at
Alexis Sanchez signing his Manchester United contract at Carrington

Sanchez will be  the highest ever paid player in the Premier League, with British media reporting a pre-tax salary of £500,000 ($695,000, 567,000 euros) a week.

The swap deal that sees Armenia international winger Mkhitaryan, also 29, head to the Emirates following a mixed 18 months at Old Trafford had been expected for several days.

Sanchez had joined Arsenal in 2014 for £31.7 million after three years at Barcelona.

“Alexis is one of the best-attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players,” said United manager Jose Mourinho.

“He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.