Sign­ing of Sanchez would ‘spark’ life into Red Devils

Sport360 - - Premier League - By Matthew Jones @Mat­tJones360 mat­tjones@sport360.com

Dwight Yorke has de­scribed Alexis Sanchez as the “spark” Manch­ester United are miss­ing, urg­ing his for­mer club to sign the cov­eted for­ward from Arse­nal this month ahead of ri­vals Manch­ester City.

The club from the blue half of Manch­ester have been long-term suit­ors for the ex­plo­sive at­tacker, but their neigh­bours from the red sub­urbs are in­creas­ingly in­ter­ested in sign­ing him now.

Re­ports emerged on Fri­day that City had baulked at Arse­nal’s al­leged de­mands of £35 mil­lion (Dh176.5m) for the Chile star in Jan­uary, while agents are likely to re­ceive another £5m on top, to­tal­ing a £40m deal, be­fore the player’s po­ten­tial wages are ac­counted for.

Pep Guardi­ola’s Premier League lead­ers are re­ported to be un­will-

ing to go be­yond £20m, given they could get ex-Barcelona man for noth­ing when his con­tract ex­pires in the sum­mer.

That has seem­ingly alerted United, and for­mer Red Devils striker Yorke says Jose Mour­inho should def­i­nitely go for the deal.

“He will add value to the team. He’s got a spark that at times we are lack­ing,” the 46-year-old told Sport360° af­ter com­pet­ing in the Abu Dhabi In­vi­ta­tional at Yas Links Golf Club on Satur­day.

“He’s come to the Premier League and been a suc­cess. He’s a great player and if United can get him, that will cer­tainly give them a chance to win some­thing.”

Yorke is not sur­prised to hear of United’s in­ter­est in a player he be­lieves is one of the best around.

“What I can al­ways say is United have al­ways been in­ter­ested in the best play­ers out there,” added Yorke, who scored 65 goals in 147 games dur­ing his tro­phy-laden four-year spell at United.

“And Sanchez ob­vi­ously is one of the best play­ers, not only in the Premier League, but around the world.”

60 goals in 122 EPL games for Sanchez at Arse­nal.

On the green: Dwight Yorke (c).

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