By Chineze Ogugua
Manchester United have finally signed Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, in a swap deal which saw midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way.
Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half-year deal worth £14m a year after tax after missing out of a move to Manchester City which would have seen him join forces with former coach Pep Guardiola.
City ended their interest last week as they felt making him their best-paid player may affect team spirit.
The Chilean who will wear the number 7 jersey, described his move to the Red Devils as a ‘dream come true’.
Sanchez, who scored 80 goals for Arsenal since joining from Barcelona for £30m in July 2014, will be available for United’s FA Cup game against Yeovil Town this weekend.
Meanwhile, 29-year old Armenian captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved in the opposite direction having scored just 13 goals in his 63 appearances for United.
Mkhitaryan fell out of favour after a breakdown of trust between him and manager Jose Mourinho, which saw him make only 10 Premier League starts this season, scoring once and contributing just five assists.
He will be available to play in Arsenal’s Premier League game at Swansea on the 30th of January as he is cup-tied for the club’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea on Wednesday.
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