With Alexis Sanchez’s shock move to Manchester United seemingly just days away, we look at why the Red Devils are prepared to spend such big money on the 29-year-old.

According to the Daily Star, Alexis will be taking home an eye-watering £300k-per-week once he completes his move to United this week.

The Red Devils are also allegedly prepared to cough up £40m for the 29-year-old – £15m more than their rivals at City.

Considering the forward only has six months left on his current contract with Arsenal, it’s clear that United are desperate to sign the Chilean, who they’ve apparently been chasing for nine months. But why?

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Zlatan out

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 26, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho still claims that Zlatan Ibrahimović has a key role to play at United. However, after the 36-year-old was subbed off injured during the Red Devils’ 2-2 draw against Burnley in December, it became apparent that the Swede’s body has begun to give up on him.

The forward had only been back in action for a little over a month after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April and now he’s out until at least February.

Alexis is obviously being viewed as the big guy’s replacement.

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