Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has joined Premier League competitors Manchester United in a swap deal that sees Henrikh Mkhitaryan move the other way.
Sanchez had been embroiled in a transfer drama since last summer, where it was understood he almost joined new club’s rivals Manchester City.
City decided earlier this month to not pursue their interest in the Chilean, as they felt team morale may have been affected by making him the best-paid player.
The 29-year-old has now signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with city rivals Manchester United, earning a reported salary of £500,000 a week.
The 29-year-old Chilean will wear the number seven shirt at United.
As part of the deal, Arsenal acquire the services of Mkhitaryan, who has scored 13 goals in 63 appearances for United, since moving to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund for £26.3m in July 2016.
The 29-year-old has made only 10 Premier League starts this season and it is understood there was a breakdown in trust with Jose Mourinho, who made Sanchez his first signing of the January transfer window.
Mkhitaryan, an Armenian international, has scored just once and contributed five assists in 15 Premier League appearances this season, but Arsene Wenger is understood to be a keen admirer of the player.