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Sanchez to join Man United on USA tour after visa issues

Sanchez had been left at home due to a 'personal administrative issue' Credit: PA

Alexis Sanchez appears set to join up with his Manchester United team-mates in the United States.

The forward was left back in Manchester when the rest of the squad headed across the Atlantic last weekend because of what the club said was a "personal administrative issue", which it was hoped would soon be resolved to allow him to join the party at a later date.

The administrative issue was assumed to be a problem with his visa after he accepted a 16-month suspended sentence in Spain over a tax issue.

Sanchez posted a picture on Instagram on Thursday accompanied by the caption: "The last training in Manchester, soon" followed by a picture of the US flag.

Speaking about the Chilean's absence at a press conference on Wednesday, United boss Jose Mourinho said: "It's really bad and he's really sad.

"It's not good for him and not good for me, or for the team. There is no-one to blame. I know the club is making the effort but the US authorities have their processes.

"Hopefully, he can at least join us later because it is important to work with

Juan Mata, Alexis and Anthony Martial, who we think are the players we have for the start of the season. There is no (Romelu) Lukaku, (Marcus) Rashford or (Jesse) Lingard (all of whom were involved in the World Cup semi-finals)."

United play the first match of their tour on Friday against Club America before taking on San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid.



Sanchez set to become Man Utd's highest-paid player

Sanchez is set to leave Arsenal. Credit: PA

Alexis Sanchez will become Manchester United's highest-paid player if his move from Arsenal goes through after agreeing personal terms, reports said on Wednesday.

The Chilean forward looks set to leave the Gunners this month and United have not hidden their interest.

United manager Jose Mourinho admitted on Monday night that his side "have a chance" to sign Sanchez in the January transfer window, with previous suitors Manchester City understood to have now exited the race for the 29-year-old due to the cost involved.

According to the Telegraph, United have offered Sanchez a four-and-a-half-year contract with an annual income of £27million before tax, which would make him the top-earning player at the club.

With a transfer fee, signing-on lump sum and an agent's fee likely to be involved, it means United could face an overall outlay of over £150million should they secure a deal for the former Barcelona player.

Manchester United have been approached for comment but have yet to respond.

United's bid to bring Sanchez to Old Trafford depends on Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction, according to the Armenian's agent Mino Raiola.

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