Alexis Sanchez mpletes Manchester United transfer and Henrikh Mkhitaryan joins Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has finally signed for Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has moved in the opposite direction to Arsenal.

Sanchez has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract after United saw off competition from Manchester City to sign the Chilean from Arsenal and the 29-year-old could make his debut in Friday night's FA Cup fourth round tie at Yeovil.

Sanchez told the United website: "I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.

"The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down. I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here."

United manager Jose Mourinho added: "Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players. He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.

"I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get. He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory."

Mkhitaryan joined United for £26.3million from Borussia Dortmund in July 2016 and scored the clincher in last season's Europa League final win over Ajax but his form plummeted earlier this season and he started just two of the last 17 United matches he was available for.

The M.E.N. previously reported City agreed a package with Sanchez in the summer before his deadline day move collapsed and improved their offer with a view to signing the Chile international in the January transfer window.

However, United touched base with Sanchez's camp earlier in the season and reopened dialogue this month with his agent Fernando Felicevich.

Felicevich, who is already following United on Twitter, informed City chiefs United were prepared to offer Sanchez better terms than their neighbours, who were unprepared to meet the agent's current demands and Arsenal's £35m asking price.

The financial cost of a Sanchez deal triggered doubts among the City hierarchy over signing Sanchez which were revealed by the M.E.N. last week and it subsequently emerged on Monday City had ended their pursuit.

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