OK, a little more Alexis Sanchez news coming now. I promise the next update won’t be about the Chilean, but this could be big.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s agent, Mino Raiola, has been speaking and he says Sanchez’s entire move hinges on the Armenian agreeing a switch to Emirates Stadium
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez will not join Manchester United unless Henrikh Mkhitaryan goes the other way, according to the Armenian’s agent Mino Raiola.
United are leading the race for Sanchez, in the final six months of his contract, and are prepared to meet Arsenal’s £35million price tag or use Mkhitaryan as a makeweight.
The 28-year-old was left out of the United side that beat Stoke 3-0 on Monday, with Jose Mourinho confirming that “there are doubts about his future”.
Taking Mkhitaryan as part of the Sanchez deal could be a valuable salve for Arsenal, who are hoping to reunite him with former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“Manchester United is not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal,” Raiola told The Times.
“Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it’s his decision.”
Mkhitaryan has also been linked with a return to Dortmund having struggled to live up to Mourinho’s demands for him. He has made 63 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils since joining for £30m in the summer of 2016, scoring 13 goals and providing 11 assists.
Standard Sport’s Simon Johnson brings you the numbers behind Alexis Sanchez‘s proposed move to Manchester United… and it might just explain why City and Chelsea aren’t willing to finance a move for the Arsenal star.
Alexis Sanchez is expected to complete a £35million move to Manchester United in the coming days.
Sanchez seemed certain to join the Premier League leaders this month but Manchester City decided to end their interest in the Chile international on Monday because of the costs involved.
Chelsea are also not expected to meet the steep cost of Sanchez.
While Arsenal are asking for a £35m transfer fee, Sanchez’s demands take the true cost of a move for the star significantly higher than that figure.
The Sanchez camp are also asking for:
A minimum salary of £300,000-a-week
A signing on fee of up to £20m
His agent wants a £10m fee
United are expected to meet those demands, but the Sanchez transfer could be held up as Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still deciding whether to move to the Emirates as part of the deal.
Mkhitaryan was left out of the United squad for Monday’s win over Stoke and his manager Jose Mourinho confirmed afterwards the players was absent to “protect the situation”.
Arsene Wenger wants to explore Anthony Martial’s availability, but the Frenchman’s inclusion in the win over Stoke suggests Mourinho is not willing to let him leave.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits he is considering his future at the club after Loris Karius took over as first-choice.
The Belgium international has not played since the New Year’s Day win at Burnley and before Sunday’s victory over Manchester City manager Jurgen Klopp effectively said the place was Karius’ to lose.
While he did not underline that faith with his performance against Pep Guardiola’s side, allowing Leroy Sane to beat him at his near post, Karius is expected to be in goal again for Monday’s trip to Swansea.
That has left Mignolet, who has been Liverpool’s established number one since arriving from Sunderland in the summer of 2013, considering his options.
“Ten days ago, after the game against Burnley, I had a conversation with Klopp,” Mignolet told Belgian media outlet Sporza.
“In the Christmas period we had rotated again and I felt that that was not a healthy situation for a keeper.
“Klopp then told me what (on) Sunday was confirmed before and after the match but of course I’m not happy with that – but no heavy words have come afterwards.
“Of course I am not satisfied with that, but I always have to respect the trainer’s decision.
“After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer. I always try to stay calm, and I have already grown stronger from such situations.
“But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best. I’m 30 years old and the World Cup is coming in. This situation can not last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.”
One concerning Crystal Palace now, and Swindon Town have announced the permanent signing of Keshi Anderson.
The 22-year-old striker tweeted: “Thank you to everyone @CPFC for the 3 years I spent at the club, it was a pleasure to be a part of it and learn all I have from the players and staff, I wish everyone the best for the rest and coming seasons.”
Meanwhile, Giuseppe Muro reports that Millwall have held informal talks with Tim Cahill over a return to The Den but the 38-year-old Australian is not their priority in the January transfer market.
Cahill is a free agent after he left Melbourne City last month and he is searching for new club to play regular football ahead of the World Cup this summer.
Neil Harris is open to a move for former team mate Cahill, who made 249 appearances for Millwall between 1998-04, but the manager’s priorities are a wide player and a central defender.
Cahill is remembered at Millwall and Everton as a midfielder but he is now a striker and would be signed as a forward option.
Reports in Australia on Monday suggested Millwall had agreed a deal with Cahill but that is not the case.
An agreement could yet be reached but for now Harris is focused on strengthening other areas of his team and at this stage a deal seems unlikely.
Cahill scored 56 goals for Millwall and will forever be remembered by Lions fans for his winner against Sunderland in the FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford in 2004. He joined Everton for £1.5million in 2004 and spent eight years at Goodison Park.
Cahill then moved on to New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua, Hangzhou Greentown and Melbourne City.
He is said to be keen to return to England to boost his chances of being selected for a fourth World Cup after playing in Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010 and Brazil four years ago.
Cahill is Australia’s all time leading scorer with 50 goals in 104 appearances but he has acknowledged he needs to be playing regular football to make the squad for Russia.
And now for that HUGE Arsenal news we promised earlier!
Arsenal are set to make an opening offer of £35m plus striker Olivier Giroud for Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports Simon Johnson.
The Gabon international, who is expected to hold showdown talks over his future with the Bundesliga club today, has been earmarked by Arsenal as a replacement for Manchester United bound Alexis Sanchez.
It is understood that no direct talks between the two clubs have taken place for the forward, who is valued at £53.3m. As Dortmund are listed on the stock exchange, they have to disclose all inquiries for one of their players.
But with former Dortmund scout Sven Mislantat now head of recruitment at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal are confident a deal is possible.
Mislantat has recommended the club move for the 28-year-old, despite his disciplinary problems.
Aubameyang, who has scored 21 goals in 24 appearances this season, was left out of the squad for the match against Wolfsburg at the weekend after missing a team meeting.
It is the third time in two seasons he has been punished for misbehaving by the club, who are believed to have fined him around £89,000.
Aubameyang has asked the club to leave on two prior occasions and it has been reported in Germany that he told sporting director Michael Zorc of his desire to depart for a third time at the weekend.
Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that a meeting between Aubameyang, Zorc and head coach Peter Stoger will take place on Tuesday.
He said: “Auba has to talk to the coach and tell him whether he is ready to give everything for Borussia Dortmund. [Peter Stoger and Michael Zorc will discuss it with him.”
Stoger claims that he still expects the club’s top scorer to stay, adding: “Let’s see how it develops in the next days.
“For me it is just logical [that Aubameyang stays]. He is a player of BVB, he trains and he is in our plans for the upcoming match.”
Should Dortmund decide otherwise, they will have to find a replacement and Giroud has been on their wish-list for some time.
The France international has become a fringe player at Emirates Stadium and has started just one League game all season.
Arsenal hope offering Giroud as a makeweight in the deal will convince Dortmund to sell.
Aubameyang’s arrival will help fill the void left by Sanchez, who is closing in on a switch to Old Trafford despite claims that Chelsea are considering a late offer.
Chelsea are not expected to meet the steep cost of Sanchez. Arsenal are asking for £35m, while Sanchez wants a minimum salary of £300,000-a-week, a signing on fee of up to £20m, plus his agent wants a £10m fee.
Ok, so here are the first of those stories we mentioned earlier, starting with Tottenham!
Spurs are among the clubs interested in signing highly-rated Norwich City midfielder James Maddison.
Spurs have been tracking the 21-year-old since before he joined the Canaries from Coventry in February 2016 but they face competition from Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester.
Norwich are reluctant to sell Maddison this month after allowing former Spurs winger Alex Pritchard to join Huddersfield for £11m and they would demand at least £20m for the England U21 international, who has scored seven goals this season.
Spurs, though, have sent 19-year-old winger Marcus Edwards (below) on loan to Carrow Road for the rest of the campaign and they could sign Maddison this month and loan him back to Norwich until the summer – just as they did with Dele Alli and MK Dons in February 2015.
Last month, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino suggested that the club needed to sign English players and could do deals in January for next summer.
“It’s so important today to identify our targets for next summer,” Pochettino said.
“Maybe we need to sign players in January and bring them in six months before. [The Dele Alli deal] is a very good example that you need to anticipate. And today we are at a club that needs to anticipate. We cannot be reactive because if we are, we are going to lose.”
Spurs are also interested in adding Stevenage Borough centre-back Ben Wilmot, 18, to their academy this month, while they have recalled 20-year-old centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers from a loan at Sheffield United.
James Benge brings us more news regarding Bordeaux stance over Malcom…
Bordeaux president Stephane Martin has warned Arsenal they are in for a fight if they are to steal prized asset Malcom away from the Ligue 1 side.
Arsenal have made the Brazilian forward, 20, one of their top targets as they look to add the “offensive power” that Arsene Wenger is craving with Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott expected to depart the Emirates Stadium this month.
The Gunners would likely have to part with up to £45million to get their man but even that may not be enough, with Martin insisting that Les Girondins can keep hold of a player who signed a contract extension to 2021 last September.
“Things are clear with his agents,” he said. “We did not sign him to an extension and tie him to something, to let him go this winter. We have never had a discussion with Arsenal.
“From our point of view, it is nothing but hot air.
“They can always try, but they will struggle to take him from us.”
Representatives of Malcom were in London late last week as Arsenal’s interest in the forward grew but progress on a deal appears to have slowed as the Gunners look to complete the sale of Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean looks set to be bound for Manchester United but the Gunners hope to take back a player as part of the deal.
Though Arsene Wenger’s preference is for Anthony Martial it is Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan who appears to be the more likely option having been left out of the squad for Monday’s 3-0 win over Stoke.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been linked with a sensational move for Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke.
We revealed yesterday that a similar move for West Ham‘s Andy Carroll was set to be unsuccessful, with the Hammers only open to a permanent deal, and now it appears Chelsea are going to try their luck in South London.
Chelsea were linked with the Belgian striker last summer.
Manchester City‘s decision to end their interest in Alexis Sanchezleaves Manchester United favourites to sign the wantaway Arsenalforward on a £350,000-a-week deal, the Daily Mail reports. The Chile international, 29, is said to have wanted too high a salary for City, who pulled out of the race on Monday.
City’s withdrawal does not leave him a shoo-in for United, however, as Chelsea have discussed his terms and are yet to rule out a bid, according to the paper. As a sweetener Jose Mourinho may give Sanchez United’s fabled number seven shirt previously worn by greats including David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona and George Best.
Sanchez’s impending departure has seen the Gunners open up talks with Borussia Dortmund over a transfer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Daily Mirror.
Arsenal’s new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, knows the 28-year-old Gabon forward from his time at the Bundesliga club and has recommended him to Emirates top brass, the newspaper reports.
Dortmund are reported to be after £60 million for Aubameyang, however, which is likely to lead to delays while a deal is thrashed out.
With Sanchez set to move to Old Trafford, could Arsene Wenger look to reunite Aubameyang with former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan?
The Gunners’ fund could be boosted by the £20 million sale of Theo Walcott to Everton, which could happen this week, the Daily Mirror says.
The Toffees are said to be intent on securing the services of the 28-year-old forward, who may be inclined to move to Goodison Park with the promise of more play. The England player, who joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006, has only made six Premier League appearances this season.