In Focus: Man United eye £65m-rated Premier League forward

According to The Sun, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is preparing a spectacular move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

What’s the story?

Sanchez was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City on transfer deadline day, but Arsenal ultimately refused to sell the Chilean after failing to secure a replacement.

The 28-year-old has returned to the Arsenal fold in recent weeks after a difficult summer, but after starting in the Europa League last week, he was back on the bench for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Arsenal.

It had been thought that Man City would return with an offer during the January transfer window, but according to The Sun, Man United are currently putting a plan in motion to convince the former Barcelona attacker to move to Old Trafford.

The report claims that the Red Devils will offer a £25m signing-on fee to a player that will be a free agent at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Would Sanchez want United move?

Sanchez’s unhappiness at Arsenal stems from the club’s failure to challenge for major trophies since the attacker joined the club in the summer of 2011.

The Chilean, who is valued at £60m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has scored 73 times in 147 appearances for the Gunners, but only has two FA Cups and one Community Shield to show for his troubles.

Arsenal have also struggled in the Premier League this season, but the same cannot be said for Man United, who are currently joint-top of the table alongside Man City.

The chance to work with Jose Mourinho would surely be attractive for Sanchez, while Man United would be able to match Man City when it comes to wages.

For now, Sanchez will continue to plug away at Arsenal, but it is almost certain that the attacker will not sign a new contract at the Emirates, and Man United are seemingly waiting in the wings as the 20-time English champions look to add another star to their front-line.