Jose Mourinho, linked for a long time with 29-year-old Mesut Özil, sanctioned a £25m cash plus Henryk Mkhitaryan bid for the Chile international in a bid to scuttle Manchester City’s chase for the Arsenal striker.
Sanchez is reported to have agreed £250,000 per week wages with City, but United are ready to match that offer to the 29-year-old. Moving the Armenian international off the wage bill will go a long way to affording the Chilean’s wages. It’s suggested Mkhitaryan is currently paid around £175-200,000 per week.
City submitted a ‘take it or leave it’ bid of £20m to the Gunners earlier this week. It led to speculation that Arsène Wenger kept Sanchez on the bench for last night’s goalless draw at Stamford Bridge to appease prospective buyers. The Frenchman angrily dismissed the notion during his post-match press conference.
The Gunners opened negotiations with Malcom, Bordeaux’s 22-year-old mercurial winger, but the deal could be protracted with 50% of the player’s “economic rights” owned by agents. Under Premier League rules, Arsenal must buy Malcom’s registration outright to end any third party ownership of the player which may force undue influence on team selection.