Signing of Sanchez would ‘spark’ life into Red Devils
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).