It appeared to be an eye-catching deal back in 2018, as two of the Premier League’s best players completed a swap deal.
But Arsenal’s frequent goal threat Alexis Sanchez switching with Manchester United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan will go down as one of the most expensive mistakes in football.
Neither player has lived up to anywhere near their full potential over the last 18 months or so.
This has seen them axed from their club sides in loan moves to Italy – with Sanchez joining Inter Milan, while Mkhitaryan completed a deadline day move to Roma.
Both players are in the top earner bracket at their parent club, though Sanchez earns considerably more.
United have already paid the Chilean a remarkable £24.9m since January last year for his £300,000—a-week basic salary, according to the Daily Mail .
Image rights, worth £100,000-a-week, and bonuses have added considerably more.
The bad news doesn’t end there though, with the Red Devils still paying the majority of his wages whilst at Inter Milan.
United are contributing £6.5m for the season while the Italian side are stumping up £4.5m.
In the case of Mkhitaryan, his £200,000-a-week deal including bonuses has cost Arsenal a reported £15.1m so far.
Luckily for the Gunners, Roma are paying his full salary for the season, as well as handing over a £3-4m loan fee for the Armenian.
However, that means the swap deal has allegedly cost United and Arsenal a combined £50m.
Neither English side could manage to haggle an option to buy clause on the loan deals, so the pair could end up back in the Premier League next season.