The verdict: who has done better out of the Sánchez-Mkhitaryan deal?

Manchester United and Arsenal have traded attacking players – our writers discuss who has come out on top from the swapThe swap deal which saw Alexis Sánchez join Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal was finally confirmed on Monday after weeks of negotiations. The Chile forward has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Old Trafford worth an estimated £350,000 a week, while Mkhitaryan is now contracted to Arsenal until 2021 having left United only 18 months after joining from Borussia Dortmund for £27m. Both José Mourinho and Arsène Wenger appear happy with their new acquisitions but which manager has got the better end of the deal and will both players be successful at their new clubs? Our writers give their verdict on one of the most significant transfers in recent years. Continue reading...

Premier League has 14 of the 30 highest-earning clubs in the world

• Manchester United biggest earners in world football with £581m
• Leicester City’s share of TV billions help puts them at No 14 The Premier League makes so much more money from its multibillion-pound sales of television rights, tickets and commercial income that 14 of its clubs are in the highest-earning 30 in the world. According to European football clubs’ 2016-17 financial information, collated by the accountants Deloitte, Manchester United made the most money of any club on the planet last year, £581m in total. Continue reading...

Alexis Sánchez piano video goes viral – but is it the new United star playing?

Manchester United confirmed the arrival of the Chilean with a video purportedly showing him playing ‘Glory Glory Man United’ on the piano Manchester United finally confirmed the arrival of Alexis Sánchez on Monday in unusual fashion – with a video purportedly showing the Chilean forward playing ‘Glory Glory Man United’ on the piano. The club confirmed the deal in a tweet headed: “Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. Introducing #Alexis7#GGMU #MUFC” and tagging the player in. The 30-second video attached appears to show Sánchez playing the piano in his full kit, before walking down the Old Trafford tunnel and surveying the pitch. Continue reading...