Eager Manchester United fans can celebrate the imminent signing of Alexis Sanchez with scarves on sale outside Old Trafford this afternoon.
The Arsenal forward is set to join Jose Mourinho’s side over the coming days after Manchester City pulled out of the race for his signature due to the financial package required, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way.
Sanchez trained with the Gunners on Friday while Mkhitaryan was at United’s Carrington training ground, but is not likely to feature against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Some fans have jumped the gun and marked the signing ahead of time with special (unofficial) scarves being sold outside United’s ground on Saturday, despite the team at Turf Moor to face Burnley.
United may not have wrapped up the final details on the Sanchez deal, but fans can get wrapped up with their expected new No.7 ahead of time.
When asked by reporters on Friday for an update on Sanchez’s move, Mourinho said: “Nothing new, I think clearly everybody knows that we are there and especially when Arsenal’s manager speaks so clearly like he did there is no point in trying to hide or to deny.
“But [it’s] not done, not done at all, so in this moment Mkhitaryan’s our player, Sanchez’s an Arsenal player and with a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus what is the most important thing, which is the match.”
Sanchez was forced to train away from the first-team group yesterday as he waits on Arsenal, United and Mkhitaryan to come to a final agreement.
The 29-year-old has already agreed personal terms worth an initial £350,000-a-week plus bonuses and image rights which will make him the highest-paid player in English football history.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed Arsenal have made an initial request to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon striker was left out of the Dortmund side for Friday night’s 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin, with the Bundesliga side’s hierarchy admitting he had been swayed by interest from Arsenal.
Dortmund are believed to be holding out for a price tag of £53million while Arsenal consider whether to make Olivier Giroud – a target for the Germans last summer – available as a makeweight for the deal.
Talks between the two clubs have been taking place for much of this week and Dortmund’s chief executive confirmed as much though refused to be drawn on the nature of any offer from the Emirates.
Watzke told Ruhr Nachricten: “I can confirm Arsenal have made a request, the figure has been named in England and we won’t comment.”
Should a formal bid be made for Aubameyang Dortmund, a publicly listed company, would be obliged to declare it to the stock exchange.
News reaching us confirmed Alexis is currently undergoing medicals at Old Trafford but fingers still remain crossed over the deal