As per a report from Arsenal transfer expert Chris Wheatley this afternoon, the deal between Arsenal and Manchester United which would see Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap clubs has stalled, due to the demands of Mino Raiola.
The story surrounding the future of Chilean international Sanchez was one of the talking points of the summer transfer window, with all of Bayern Munich, PSG, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City having expressed an interest in the 29-year-old.
A deadline day move to the Etihad to join up with former boss Pep Guardiola was labelled as ‘imminent’ by a number of outlets at the end of August, but, in the end, a move failed to materialise, mainly due to Arsenal’s inability to secure a deal for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.
As a result, Sanchez was left with no choice but to stay put in North London, though it has still long been widely predicted that the South American will depart the Emirates, either this month for a nominal fee or for free in the summer upon the expiration of his contract.
Manchester City maintained their status as the leading contenders for his signature up until this past weekend, when Manchester United were also confirmed to have tabled an offer for Arsenal’s star man.
And, as per a number of updates since, the Red Devils have firmly overtaken their fierce rivals in the race for Sanchez (City have now reportedly abandoned their move altogether), with Gianluca Di Marzio and several other leading journalists having claimed that the South American’s absence from Arsenal’s squad to face Bournemouth on Sunday was due to him having agreed terms over an imminent move to Old Trafford.
As such, United have since been left with the task of reaching an agreement with Arsenal, with the Red Devils having reportedly offered up a cash sum plus out of favour midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
However, while multiple reports earlier today claimed that a deal between the two parties was now ‘close’ to completion, Arsenal expert Chris Wheatley has since suggested otherwise.
Writing in his column for Goal.com, Wheatley has claimed that Mkhitaryan’s agent, infamous money-grabber Mino Raiola, has informed Manchester United that his client will not leave the club unless the Armenian receives a full pay-off for the remainder of his contract with the club, totalling two-and-a-half years.
In addition, Raiola has reportedly informed both clubs that he expects to receive a fee for his services in brokering a deal.
It remains to be seen how much of an effect these demands will have on the eventual outcome of negotiations.