The Alexis Sanchez saga has finally come to an end, as Manchester United have, quite brilliantly, announced the signing of the Arsenal Forward in a straight swap deal which sees Henrikh Mkhitaryan going in the other direction.
Once destined to sign for Manchester City, Sanchez is probably the steal of the decade. A world class attacker, who proved his talent in the La Liga before lightening up the Premier League, Sanchez is a world class signing.
He is a technically gifted player with a lot of pace and energy and is one of the most versatile players in Europe and a deadly finisher. His work-rate and set piece abilities make him a valuable asset to Man Utd. He can also play anywhere along the attacking line. Though Wenger usually played him on the left-wing and sometimes as a striker, Mourinho might use him in a more central role and also on the right-wing.
Manchester City were once thought to be on the brink of signing him, but Man Utd stunned the football world with a late and irresistible offer to both the player and the club. They offered a straight swap deal, which will allow Arsenal to sign Utd’s star, but out-of-form, playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan. This deal was a win-win situation for both the clubs and the players.
The Man Utd fans had to wait quite a while for the official announcement from the club, but their wait was absolutely worth it, as Man Utd announced the signing through an amazing video:
Alexis Sanchez will wear the prestigious No. 7 on his back. It is not just a number for the Red Devils, it’s a symbol of Excellence, Brilliance, Legends. Previously donned by some of the best players ever in the history of football : George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, this jersey is a special one and the fans will hope that Sanchez does some justice to it, after some recent failures: Angel di Maria, Memphis Depay and Michael Owen.
It’s just a matter of time now that the Theater of Dreams has a new hero.