Bryan Swanson has claimed that the final specifications of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal could be down to agents fees.
Negotiations have been ongoing all week with the Red Devils pursuing attacking talent Sanchez, and we have managed to persuade United to part ways with their Armenian forward as part of the deal.
Rumour has it, terms are all-but agreed with both players to complete the deal, but it is the fee of the agents as well as some minor issues which need to be dealt with.
This delay is less than ideal, especially for our club who has struggled with form since December, and we are now having to play without Sanchez, and could have been boosted by the availability of Mkhitaryan this weekend.
The cut-off time for the duo to be able to be registered in time for the weekend’s Premier League fixtures against Burnley and Crystal Palace respectively has just passed with neither player having been confirmed, and it would be a disgusting thought that it could be mostly down to the fee of the agents which has stopped us from being able to field the Armenian this weekend.
This deal now looks set to be negotiated next week, giving our target the weekend off for his birthday on Sunday.
How crazy is it that agents fees can stop a deal from being completed on time for a deadline to play for their new teams? Would Mkhi have started this weekend if we had signed him in time this morning?