Manchester United are slowly preparing for the next Premier League challenge. The squad will be travelling to Burnley, in their quest of setting things straight. The Devils fought back on Boxing Day against the same opposition, in a 2-2 draw. It was Jesse Lingard who was the savior of the home side with two goals, but this time Manchester United will be looking to get a comfortable win.
The team has not conceded since that very same match. United played four matches and won three of them. Only Southampton managed to stop Jose Mourinho’s team from scoring, but the Devils will be backed to continue their good form. Paul Pogba looked stellar in a 3-0 win against Stoke City on Monday, while Romelu Lukaku scored and could well be getting into a goalscoring streak.
Getting Alexis Sanchez
Yet, all of these preparations come amidst Manchester United’s dealing in the transfer market. The club have been subject of media speculations for a week now, as they are chasing Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal player is in the final six months of his contract with the current club and it would seem a miracle to see him stay at the Emirates on 1 February.
The latest reports on Wednesday appeared in the media regarding the potential deal. The deal between Arsenal and Manchester United is expected to be a swap. Alexis Sanchez would go to Manchester, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan would head in opposite direction. The new specific details are, according to Independent, that Alexis would be earning 27 million pounds salary before taxes and also getting 20 million signing-on fee, while the agent’s fee would worth around 10 million pounds.
This all boils down to around 180 million pounds worth in total for Manchester United, as Alexis would be estimated at 30 million pounds in this swap deal.
What this means for Manchester United is that the club is ready to back Mourinho in the market. Yet, more importantly, if the deal goes through, United would be getting a player that change things at the club drastically. Sanchez is a world class player who could be the leader of this new team, alongside Paul Pogba. His personality would be very valuable to the whole squad, as well.
Burnley Up Next And Things Are Not Going Well For Them
All of this is yet to be officially confirmed. For now it is only rumours from supposedly well-informed media outlets. However, right now the focus of the team should be on Burnley. The Clarets have managed to remain unbeaten in the last two Old Trafford meetings. The Devils will be trying to repeat last season’s 2-0 win at Turf Moor.
The match itself comes at a really poor moment for Sean Dyche’s side. They are without a league win since 12 December, and they also lost their 3rd round FA Cup match. That is seven matches without a win, losing four of them. In those last six matches in the league, Burnley scored only three goals – two against Manchester United and one against Liverpool. The struggles in front of the opposition goal are now a regular thing for them, but the team are still comfortably sitting in seventh place.
Manchester United could really do with a double-win weekend, both on the pitch and in the transfer market.