Manchester United are reportedly in pole position to land Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez this month, but Red Devils fans would prefer them to sign Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez instead.
The Independent revealed on Tuesday that a deal to take the Chile international to Old Trafford was 75% completed on Monday night – with United ready to pay the 29-year-old attacker £400,000-a-week – although Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s reluctance to go the opposite way could delay the transfer.
However, Mahrez has caught the attention with some fine performances for the Foxes since Claude Puel took charge at the King Power Stadium in October, with the Algeria international scoring seven goals and providing a further eight assists in 23 Premier League appearances this season.
Man United supporters were quick to have their say on their club’s latest transfer business via social media, and while one said “forget about Sanchez and sign Mahrez”, another said “I would choose Mahrez over Sanchez”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
#MUFC #Mou shouldn't buy Sanchez, rather buy Riyad Mahrez. ManU already has left wing players & players who can score. Mahrez will add lot of creative from right wing. Plus cheaper, in his prime & discipline player.
— The Man (@The_Danish_M) January 16, 2018
I would prefer to see Mahrez at United than Sanchez, we ve got too many left wing players already in the team #mufc
— Jd daniels (@Jd_danielz) January 15, 2018
Forget about Sanchez and sign Mahrez!!! What tf are we waiting for???? #mufc
— Diego Vasquez (@ADiego_) January 15, 2018
We’ve got 2 of the best young left sided forwards in the world (Martial & Rashford).
Do we actually need/want Sanchez?
Would honestly prefer Mahrez on the right! #mufc
— Aquelious (@aquelious) January 15, 2018
I’d be happy with Sanchez. Don’t think in this market it’s a lot to pay at all. However, I’m surprised we haven’t made a move for Mahrez. I think he already has that “United Player” style. Would fit our needs perfectly.
— Ducky 🏴 (@nickyducky) January 16, 2018
Not too bothered if we do or don't. Again, great player. But would probably still rather Mahrez/Özil. Will happily take who we get, either way & Sanchez' workrates would improve United massively. https://t.co/SHjQbsjnMS
— Bęn (@Ben_JL_) January 16, 2018
I would choose mahrez over sanchez though #plfanzone
— Siraj Patca_MUFC (@siraj1995) January 15, 2018