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Wenger: “I respect Man Utd”

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he respects Manchester United for the way the club are operated, in what seems like a dig at the likes of Chelsea and Man City.

United and Arsenal are locked in transfer negotiations regarding a sensational swap deal which will see Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan change places.

Recent reports have suggested that Sanchez has agreed wages of a staggering £450,000-a-week, but despite being about to lose his best players to his biggest rivals, the Arsenal boss says he respects the Red Devils for the way they operate.

“I wouldn’t like to come out on the numbers because that’s Man Utd’s problem.

“I respect Man Utd because they generate the money they pay to the players with their own resources so you have to respect that.

“After that it’s down to them to know how much they want to give to the player. Overall Man Utd are a club very well managed financially and of course as well on the pitch so that’s why I don’t have any problems with the money they pay.

“He’s 29-years-old so the next contract will be, of course, very important for him.

“We did the maximum we could afford to do and one day maybe I will come out on that but today is not the moment.”

Wenger also claimed that the deal was close with both players potentially being able to make their debut’s this weekend.

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