Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United transfer is almost complete – but the Adidas store in London has already seemingly confirmed the deal.
The Oxford Street branch was spotted selling United replica shirts emblazoned with Sanchez’s name and the iconic number seven on the back.
Old Trafford legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona and George Best have all donned the number seven shirt in the past and Sanchez appears set to follow in their footsteps.
Jose Mourinho admitted he was hopeful of securing the player after launching a late bid to steal him from under the noses of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told reporters at a press conference on Thursday morning that a deal was now likely to go through within the next 24 hours.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has dropped out of Mourinho’s plans, has been included in the deal as a makeweight for the Chile international.
Wenger said: “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen. But at any moment, at any minute, things can break down. That’s how the transfer market is.”
“As long as it’s not over the line, you have to accept that it can as well not happen. These kind of things are never guaranteed.”
Fans buying the Sanchez shirts on Oxford Street would do well to listen to Wenger’s warning that it’s not a done deal until the player signs on the dotted line.
But it seems a safe bet now that the trade will take place and both clubs hope to hand debuts to their new signings this weekend.