Alexis Sanchez, Henrikh Mkhitaryan apply for work permits ahead of Man Utd and Arsenal moves

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are finalising work permits ahead of their respective transfers to Manchester United and Arsenal, with no complications expected.

Both players are expected to switch clubs in a straight swap deal imminently, with medicals having taken place.

Sanchez and Mkhitaryan arrived separately at the immigration office in Liverpool on Monday to go through the procedure of tying up the formalities.

Sanchez arrived to work in the UK in 2014 after moving to Arsenal from Barcelona, so therefore must apply for an extension to his existing permit.

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Mkhitaryan likewise will apply to extend his permit, in line with his new contract at Arsenal.

Both players satisfy the necessary criteria, and Home Office rules allow for an extension of at least another three years to a UK Tier 2 [Sportsperson] visa.

The players are required to apply for their visas in person, with each application requiring a valid certificate of sponsorship from their new respective club, along with the endorsement of the Football Association.

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