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Confirmed: Sanchez for Man U and Henrikh for Arsenal

Arsenal and Manchester United have finalised their swap deal for Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The two Premier League clubs announced on Monday evening that both players had completed medicals and put pen-to-paper on contracts.
Sanchez has signed a three-year contract with Man United while Mkhitaryan has penned a four-year deal with Arsenal.
No money has changed hands between the two Premeir League rivals, with the deal a straight swap.
Alexis Sanchez is the man of the moment so to say and everyone is waiting to see him seal the transfer to Manchester United. While the waiting continues and possibility of sealing the deal draws closer, here are 10 things you need to know about Sanchez who as a young boy was nicknamed Dilla’
Alexis Sanchez was born in Tocopilla in northern Chile, a city with 25,000 inhabitants. The main industries are fishing and mining, while it is known as the ‘city of energy’ because it generates electricity for the region. His brother Humberto said four years ago: ‘If Alexis wasn’t a footballer he would be working in the mines like most men around here.’
His nickname as a boy was ‘Dilla’, which is short for the Spanish ‘ardilla’ meaning squirrel. Sanchez earned the name because it only took him seconds to climb trees or scale buildings to retrieve lost footballs during street games. He now has a street in Tocopilla named after him.
Sanchez had humble beginnings. His father left shortly before he was born and his mother Martina sold fish to scrape a living. When Sanchez was playing for Cobreloa aged 16, Martina was fined $1,000 for selling fish without a licence. She could not afford it so Sanchez was put in touch with agent Fernando Felicevich, who bought his registration and settled the debt.
He is quite literally a road runner. While at Udinese in Italy, he once drove into town for a shopping trip only to lose his keys. Instead of asking for a lift, he ran the four miles back home to get a spare set before running back to his car. No wonder his pace terrifies defenders!
Despite signing for Manchester United and not their rivals City, Sanchez holds his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola in high esteem. He once said of the City manager: ‘Guardiola made me feel like a Ferrari.’
Guardiola returned the compliment, once saying after Barcelona beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu: ‘Alexis has stolen my heart — our hearts. He has arrived here with the excitement of a kid and hasn’t let that go. His courage is remarkable.’
He did not get his first pair of football boots until he was 15. The local mayor, who supported Sanchez’s team Arauco, gave him a pair of Reeboks. Before then, Sanchez’s mother borrowed boots for the games he played.
Sanchez said: ‘I was so excited that I wore them on the pavement, even though they had studs and were made for grass.’ Playing barefoot in the street is the secret to his explosive style, with Sanchez saying: ‘Playing barefoot gave me my style, running with little jumps, because I was dodging rocks.’
Sanchez is Tocopilla’s very own Father Christmas. He has been known to give out presents while standing on the back of a truck with his friends at the local yuletide fair and has sent gifts and clothes to his old school.
Aged just 17 when he made his international debut against New Zealand in 2006, Sanchez is the youngest player to be capped by Chile. He has since become the country’s all-time record scorer with 39 goals.
Also moving to Manchester will be his dogs Atom and Humber. Sanchez has created an Instagram account for his pooches and has taken them to training. Whether Atom and Humber, are given their own banner at Old Trafford, as they were at the Emirates remains to be seen.
Sanchez is no stranger to the big stage . . . so it is appropriate that he wants to be an actor when he retires. He said: ‘It’s why I try to make an effort in the ads I shoot. It’d be a dream to appear in the movies, either as a detective — you know, a smart chap, well-dressed, pistol, cool attitude — or as one of those lads who works at NASA and knows about everything.’
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