It is only a matter of time until Manchester United announce the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal after coming to an agreement with the Gunners for a deal which will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to London in a straight swap.
That’s not to say that there won’t be an economic investment from the Red Devils, with the Chilean set to earn 16 million euros a season.
The arrival of the forward will put an end to any plans of bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, as had been rumoured in recent months, and Jose Mourinho has no intention of making such a move.
Alexis will add to an already strong front line boasting the likes of Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Two thirds of Real Madrid fans believe the time has come for Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 18, 2018
There will be no more signings for United this month and in the summer the priorities will be central midfield and the heart of defence.
One detail which only reinforces the fact that Ronaldo will not be returning to Manchester is that the new arrival will wear the No. 7 shirt, which had been reserved for him until now.
Mourinho does not have any plans to consider a move for Gareth Bale either, as was pondered last summer even though the coach was not convinced at that time either.
The main reason for that is due to Bale’s concerning injury record and the high cost that would be involved, making it too big a risk for the club to take.