It sounds logical that occasionally football clubs would want to do straight-trades of players from one club to another, but it happens surprisingly infrequently in reality.
One of those straight trade deals is going to happen between Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United, though – Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez will be swapping the Emirates for Old Trafford, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be going the opposite way.
The reason for the swap boils down to both players reportedly being unhappy at their respective clubs, with Alexis Sanchez’s reputation in the dressing room and frustration with Arsenal’s poor performance seemingly driving him out of the club. Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the other hand allegedly has a less than ideal relationship with Mourinho, so the situation has developed to the point where both clubs and players have announced their intentions to for the transfer swap to happen.
Although both clubs may be disappointed to lose such talented players, it provides an opportunity for two under-performing members of the squads to be exchanged for a new addition that could be newly motivated to perform well.
Manchester United are currently second in the league, trailing by 12 points to Manchester City – and Sanchez may just revitalise them to capitalise on any further slip-ups by City. Arsenal on the other hand will be trying to force their way back into the top four, perhaps with Mkhitaryan’s assistance they can manage it. He was voted the Bundesliga’s best player the season before he arrived in England, notching 21 goals and 26 assists for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions.
With this deal likely to be concluded early within the week, which club has come off better, Manchester United gaining Sanchez or Arsenal gaining Mkhitaryan?