Manchester United draw up three-man shortlist after Sanchez swoop

Joe Williams

Manchester United will now focus on improving their midfield after signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, according to reports.

The Chilean joined the Red Devils in a straight swap deal on Monday with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way as United looked to improve their forward line for the Premier League run-in.

The Independent claims that despite United wanting a winger, forward and a big-name signing, the club now feel that Sanchez has satisfied all of those requirements.

That leaves the club hierarchy to concentrate on improving their midfield with Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred – who is thought to be their top target – and Valencia’s Carlos Soler all featuring on a three-man shortlist.

Meanwhile, bookmakers BetStars have cut their odds on Mesut Ozil completing a move to Man United with the Premier League side still reportedly keen to land the Germany international, whose deal at Arsenal expires in the summer.

“Manchester United’s odds of completing a deal for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil have fallen amid reports that the Gunners are unwilling to meet Ozil’s wage demands,” BetStars Director of Trading Ian Marmion told the Daily Express.

“The German midfielder is now at 7/1 to move to Old Trafford.

“Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and United have already completed a deal for his now former teammate Alexis Sanchez, whose contract was also set to come to an end this summer.”