Alexis, Mkhitaryan Swap Deal Close 


Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger believe in the next 48 hours a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen.

Mkhitaryan’s is seen as a direct replacement for Sanchez, who is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer. Wenger also confirmed Armenian‘s wages demand will not be a problem in the potential swap deal.

“It’s a story well documented so there’s not a lot to add to that,” he told a news conference.

“It could happen, it could not happen. It’s at that stage. If it doesn’t happen, he [Alexis] will play on Saturday.

United have emerged as favourites to sign the Chile international after Manchester City reportedly ended their interest due to the demands of the player and his agent.

“I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years. It’s likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it’s not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed.”

United have reportedly offered Sanchez a contract worth more than £400,000 a week but Wenger revealed Arsenal “did the maximum the club could afford” to keep the Chilean.

Wenger admitted he is a fan of Mkhitaryan and also suggested Arsenal will remain active in the transfer window regardless of the outcome of the Sanchez deal.

When asked whether Ozil – who has also been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium would still be with the club in February, Wenger answered: “Yes.”