According to the BBC, there is an agreement between Manchester United and Alexis Sanchez for a transfer from Arsenal, but neither Arsenal or Manchester United will approve the deal without the inclusion of United forward Henrik Mkhitaryan. The Armenian forward is apparently not desparate to leave Old Trafford, but has a different philosophy than Jose Mourinho and could thrive somewhere else. It is also possible that he stays, and as of right now he has not decided on his future. In addition, Mino Raiola, the agent for Mkhitaryan, has stated that Alexis will not move to United unless his client is part of the deal, and that Sanchez is part of the Mkhitaryan deal, not the other way around.
While the drama continues to unfold about Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal have reportedly held talks about signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, although they are waiting for the Sanchez deal to finish before making an offer. Aubameyang has had his difficulties in Dortmund this season, being suspended or benched for disciplinary reasons multiple times, including this past weekend for skipping a team meeting. Dortmund are reportedly asking for £55 million, and Arsenal are looking at Malcom from Bordeaux if they are unable to get Mkhitaryan as well.
Real Madrid are struggling this season, sitting in just fourth place in La Liga, and Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just four goals in the league. Now, Madrid may be looking to sell their star while they still can. A report from Sky Sports says that Ronaldo is unhappy that a contract extension has been consistently delayed, and might want out as well. Manchester United, of course, have been linked to their former star, but would have to pay $120 million for a player who turns 33 in February, and pay his stunningly high wages.
ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle has reported that the USSF has passed a proposal regarding the allocation of voting delegates within the Professional Council. The Professional Council has 16 delegates, nine of which now are controlled by MLS, which means MLS has 14 percent of the vote for who the next President of US Soccer will be. The USL and NWSL each get three delegates, good for 4.8 percent, and the NASL gets one delegate. NASL interim commissioner Rishi Sehgal argued that the allocation of delegates should be more even, saying that different divisions should not have different voting allocations.
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