- Wenger reportedly asked about Sanchez’s salary at Man Utd
- Report adds veteran tactician suggests it’s even higher than believed
- Chilean sealed moved to Man Utd in swap deal with Arsenal last month
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With less than six months left on his previous contract, Alexis Sanchez secured an exit from Arsenal last month and joined rivals Manchester United.
It was a move that ultimately made sense for all parties as with no suggestion that he was willing to pen a renewal, the Gunners got Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return, as per BBC Sport, rather than lose their talismanic forward for nothing in the summer.
Nevertheless, much has been said about what the 29-year-old is reportedly earning at Old Trafford, with The Mirror putting him at the top of their highest-earners list at a staggering £500,000-a-week before tax.
That in itself is a pretty sweet deal for the former Barcelona man, but it undoubtedly comes with real pressure and responsibility to be a leading figure for the Red Devils and ensure that they add more trophies to their collection during his spell with them.
However, Arsene Wenger has now suggested that his former star man may well be earning even more than that. The Mirror report on how the veteran tactician was attending a club Q&A event, and when asked if reports of Sanchez’s salary were true, he ‘pointed to the ceiling’ to suggest it was even higher than the reported £500k-a-week as noted above.
While he may not have moved for a big transfer fee, that is a lot of money to be splashing out on one player each week, with Wenger making it even more difficult to believe with his claim above.
Nevertheless, United can evidently afford it otherwise they wouldn’t have made such a commitment, and if Sanchez helps them achieve their targets on and off the pitch, then it could be argued that it was worth the investment with Arsenal evidently deciding to go a different route.
Sanchez impressed on his debut against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup before experiencing some difficulties in midweek in the loss at Tottenham. However, the Old Trafford faithful will likely get their first look at him this weekend against Huddersfield Town, his first opportunity to deliver on that investment at home.