Man United & Alexis Sanchez
It’s still unclear where Alexis Sanchez is headed.
All agree the Chilean is leaving Arsenal in January. It appears that Man United are leading the race to sign the striker.
Yet Chelsea are still lurking in the background, while it would be no surprise to see Man City surge back into the mix.
For the moment, however, Man City seem out of the running. That’s in part due to Man City’s decision not to fork out a payment of over 10 million pounds to Sanchez’s agent: Fernando Felicevich.
Man City pull out of race to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, based on current numbers demanded by #AFC + AS. #MCFC believe they were 1st choice but that Man U offering package higher than City would’ve paid in £60m deal last summer. TWIST City think Chelsea #CFC rivalling #MUFC pic.twitter.com/m8jPvSEqTt
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 15, 2018
‘Fernando Felicevich’s payment is deserved’
In the Daily Mail on Tuesday, columnist Martin Samuel has gone against the grain.
Most poo-poo huge sums of money going out of the game and into agents’ pockets. Not Samuel.
He believes that if Man United do sign Alexis Sanchez, Fernando Felicevich is worth every penny of the money which comes his way:
If Alexis Sanchez signs for Manchester United, his agent is believed to receive upwards of £10million. And fair enough, he deserves it. Seriously, he does.
He will have earned Arsenal more than they expected this January; he will have beaten Manchester City in the transfer market.
Of course he is worth £10million. He has brought genuine value to his role in this transaction. It wouldn’t have been possible without him.
Man United: Three possible formations
Working on the assumption that Man United get the deal done for Alexis Sanchez, how would the forward fit into Jose Mourinho’s plans?
That issue has been tackled by the Times on Tuesday. They’ve thrown up three possible lineups for Man United should Alexis make the move to Old Trafford.
In the first option, Sanchez could be deployed in a wide left role in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
A second option is to play Sanchez alongside Jesse Lingard in a 4-3-2-1 setup.
The third alternative is for United to play 4-3-3.