Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United is almost done with Manchester City pulling out of the race for the Chile international.
The Arsenal star, who looked certain to join City a few weeks ago, has been offered wages around a whopping £500k a week by United in order to beat their city rivals for the 29-year-old’s signature.
Former Everton and United defender Phil Neville has attributed United’s late entry in the race for the Chilean to Liverpool’s recent performances.
After an indifferent first few months, the Reds have picked up form of late and are currently unbeaten in their last 18 games in all competitions.
And Neville believes that the Old Trafford club see the Merseysiders as a threat to their ambitions of a second place finish this season.
“Sanchez, because I think of the form of Liverpool in particular, I think it’s maybe hurried up the need for someone to come in and not secure United’s second place but actually give them a massive, massive boost,” Neville said (via Express).
“I think United will finish in the top four and in second place but the form of Liverpool must be a worry because they’re playing unbelievable at this moment in time.”
More than a push for second place, the desperate move reflects Mourinho’s fears of missing out on a top-4 spot for the second time in succession.
While United (who finished 6th last season) are currently second in the table and 3 points ahead of Liverpool, the top-4 race is still wide open with even 6th placed Tottenham just 6 points behind Mourinho’s side.
With Ben Woodburn looking certain to join Sunderland on loan and Daniel Sturridge also heavily linked with Inter Milan and Sevilla, Liverpool themselves may have to bring in an attacking reinforcement before the end of this month in order to keep the squad depth intact.
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