Swap deal almost done: Arsenal will make announcement

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MANCHESTER UNITED have been backed to sign Mesut Ozil in January – and send Alexis Sanchez back in the opposite direction to Arsenal.

Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal in January this year in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head in the opposite direction.

However, the Chile international has struggled at Old Trafford, scoring just four goals in 30 appearances.

Ozil penned a new contract at Arsenal earlier this year to make him the highest paid player in the club’s history and to keep him in north London until 2021.

However, he has been in and out of the side this season and was most notably left out of the team for the trip to Bournemouth last month with head coach Unai Emery claiming the German did not suit the physicality and intensity of the match.

Bookies have United as overwhelming favourites to be Mesut Ozil’s next club and former Red Devils striker Alan Brazil would like to see the move happen.

And Brazil reckons Sanchez going back to Arsenal would be good for all parties.

“Would United buy him? He would (fit in at United),” he said on talkSPORT.

“I think so because I don’t rate United’s midfield.

“Why not? That (swap) could be the deal then.”

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour was less convinced than Brazil, claiming his former side would not be willing to pay Sanchez’s extortionate wages.

“Sanchez was excellent in an Arsenal shirt, he was superb,” Parlour said.

“I think it will come down to wages.

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