Alexis Sanchez misses drug test due to Manchester United transfer

Alexis Sanchez is set to make his Manchester United debut tonight amid allegations that he missed a drugs test this week

Sanchez, 29, signed for the club on Monday in a swap deal and he boarded Manchester United’s plane this morning as the squad travelled to Yeovil for tonight’s FA Cup fourth round game.

However, UEFA drug testers arrived at Arsenal’s training ground on January 22 to request a sample from Sanchez.  They then discovered that the forward wasn’t there as he had travelled to Manchester to complete his move.

The confusion came as Sanchez failed to update his whereabouts details which said he was still in London. The FA state that players could face a two-year ban if they have three whereabouts failures within 12 months.

Alexis Sanchez. joshjdss, Flickr

Manchester United and the FA have since refused to comment but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that his club were at fault.

He said: “Honestly on the administration side certainly it would still be our responsibility because on the day he had not moved so maybe it will be down to us, to our responsibility. The intention of Alexis was not to hide and we have nothing to hide.”

UK anti doping have not yet contacted Arsenal or Manchester United over any possible issue regarding Sanchez.

Meanwhile Mourinho, who yesterday signed a new contract at United until 2020, has defended the signing of Sanchez amid reports that the Chile international is earning £500,000 a week.

Mourinho said: “You have to put things in perspective, how much would Alexis Sanchez cost in a normal transfer with three years left on his contract? Look to the numbers now and I would say roughly between £100-£150m. Was expensive? Was cheap? Honestly I think it was fair. I think it’s a very good deal for us.”