Alexis Sanchez has completed his sensational transfer to Manchester United.
The winger has widely been expected to move to Manchester City over recent months after the Cityzens had a £60m bid provisionally accepted on transfer deadline day last summer, but the move collapsed after the Gunners were unable to sign Thomas Lemar as his replacement.
City renewed their interest during this window, making a an £20m move for the Chilean, before Manchester United sensationally came in with a deal to beat their rivals.
Initially it was claimed that United had bid £25m, before other reports stated United were willing to pay Arsenal’s £35m asking price. However, Arsenal’s interest in signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has seen the two players swap teams without any money changing hands in a sensational piece of business by both clubs.
Sanchez has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Old Trafford, becoming the highest paid player in the Premier League, with some reports suggesting he will earn £450,000-a-week.
Speaking to the Manchester United website, Sanchez said:
“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans. The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down.
“I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”
It has also been confirmed that he will wear the famous Manchester United number 7 shirt which has remained vacant since Memphis Depay joined Lyon 12 months ago.