Alexis Sanchez didn’t break any transfer record when he joined Manchester United from Arsenal in January. He only became United’s and Premier League’s highest paid player.
The Chilean traded places with Henrik Mkhitaryan who joined the Gunners from United.
It was reported that there was no transfer fee involved in the deal with both players valued at £35m. Though agents of both players were paid for brokering both deals.
On Thursday, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward praised the club’s “solid business model” as he announced rises in both three-month and half-year revenues.
The Old Trafford chief announced that for the three months prior to December 31, total revenue has risen to £163.9million, rising 3.8 per cent.
Over the half year, total revenue stands at £304.9million, up 9.6 per cent on the same period 12 months previous.
The club’s net debt as of December 31 was £328.6million, down from £409.3million on the same date in 2016.
In January, they also retained their spot at the top of the Deloitte Football Money League.
Woodward took some time to let investors know some financial and social benefits the club has earned since the acquisition of Chilean forward, Alexis Sanchez.
“This trade generated some interesting social media stats,” Woodward said of the signing of Sanchez. “It was the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the most shared United Facebook post ever, the most retweeted United post ever, and the hashtag #Alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide; they generated 75 per cent more announcements than when Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG.”
Additionally, the Chilean created a new January record in terms of shirt sales – breaking the previous record three times over!
“Our solid business model has allowed us to invest in the future of the club with the extension of Jose Mourinho’s contract as manager and the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez.
“We look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence.”
With revenues up to £163.9million for the Q2, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization of £67.8million.