Alexis Sanchez 'agrees four-year contract at Manchester United worth £14m'

Alexis Sanchez 'agrees four-year contract at Manchester United worth £14m'”

It is believed talks between Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes and United's hierarchy over a new contract began in October.

United remain in the market for further additions in the summer and will look to add Gareth Bale plus two midfielders and a full back.

This marks a significant change in proceedings after Mkhitaryan and his agent were reportedly setting some lofty demands.

There are just 14 days to go before the January transfer window closes, and there have already been a number of box office deals, from Philippe Coutinho's £142 million move to Barcelona to Virgil van Dijk's £75 million transfer to Liverpool.

Significantly, Mourinho has been pleased with the commitment the club has shown to him by going after his transfer targets and getting them. At the moment, Arsenal's highest earner is their record signing Alexandre Lacazette, who gets £200,000-a-week (Star).

This will mean that Wenger will have to climb down on keeping either Sanchez or Ozil and has privately resigned himself to losing one, if not both.

As a replacement for Sanchez, Mkhitaryan is hardly like for like, since his creative instincts outweigh how prolific he is in front of goal. Wilfried Bony and Tammy Abraham have failed to deliver at Swansea, and Jese's early promise has faded at Stoke, while Newcastle, Southampton, Huddersfield and Brighton all need somebody to put the ball into the net.

Arsenal are pushing to complete a deal for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang also from Borussia Dortmund.

"This will be an exchange of players".

More: Watch Jose's interview with MUTV in the video player above. The 28-year-old scored the winner in last season's UEFA Europa League final, before beginning this campaign with five assists. United are second in the Premier League but trail Manchester City by 12 points after 23 matches. Alexis Sanchez is a world-class attacker, even at 29-years-old. Replacing a distracted, unsettled Sanchez with Aubameyang can be considered a win for the north London club.

Also in the soccer news, AP's Anne M. Peterson interviews USMNT player Jozy Altidore.

The immediate question is where will the Chilean play?

When asked if Mkhitaryan would move in the opposite direction, he replied: "Yes that is my understanding".

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