Arsene Wenger has confirmed that any deal which sees Alexis Sanchez go to Manchester United will be a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and that it’s an exchange that is ‘likely’ to happen.
There has been intense speculation over the last few days, with both sides playing their cards close their chests. There are obviously financial considerations too, but the Arsenal manager insisted that wages for the Armenian would not be a problem.
Here’s how the press conference conversation about it all went down.
On the latest regarding Sanchez
“It can happen, and it can as well not happen. It’s at that stage.”
Can he play for Arsenal again?
“Yes, of course. If it doesn’t happen he will play on Saturday.”
United want to do the deal inside 24 hours, how likely is that?
“I work on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen, but at any moment, any minute, things can break down. That’s how the transfer market is. So, as long as it’s not over the line, you have to accept that it can as well not happen. These things are not guaranteed.”
Is the deal based around a swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan?
“My understanding is yes.”
Do you like him?
“Of course. If it’s a possibility it’s because I like the player.”
On Mkhitaryan liking Arsenal.
“We played against him many times when he was at Dortmund so he has appreciated the quality of our games, and the way we play football. So, that’s why he loves the club as well.”
Would wages be an obstacle?
“No, the wages would not be a problem.”
Is Mkhitaryan the Sanchez replacement you mentioned?
“This would be an exchange of players, and one would replace the other. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”
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