Shock news emerged earlier today that Man Utd will attempt to hijack Alexis Sanchez' proposed move to Man City. It was widely believed and reported that the Chilean's City move was a done deal.
However, Jose Mourinho is looking to throw a spanner in the works and he is hoping to lure Sanchez to Old Trafford. Sanchez had reportedly agreed personal terms with City, who have submitted a £20 million bid to The Gunners. The word is that Mourinho has offered £5 million more, and he is prepared to add in a little sweetener.
The End For Mkhi At Man Utd?
It is no surprise that Alexis Sanchez has caught the eye of Jose Mourinho. When he is at his snarling best the Chilean works hard off the ball and is lethal on it. The exact ingredients Jose loves to see in his attacking players.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has lacked in both departments in recent months. The Armenian schemer is allegedly being offered to Arsenal as a makeweight in the Sanchez deal, which also includes £25 million in cash.
Mkhitaryan arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as one of the most creative players in Europe. He was sensational for Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund, but he is looking a shadow of his former self at Utd. If the reports are true, his stay at Man Utd could be a short one.
Where Would Sanchez Fit In?
So, if Utd do manage to sign Sanchez what would Mourinho do with him? Jose has experimented with various formations this season, and Sanchez could fill any number of roles for him. He could play either side of a three behind Lukaku, and he could also do a job centrally.
Sanchez is a very versatile player, one of the key reasons that Pep is so keen on him. The two worked together before at Barcelona, and Guardiola has made no secret of his admiration for the Chilean. If Mourinho does manage to scupper City's move for Sanchez it would be a massive coup for Man Utd.