Alexis Sanchez seems to be on the verge of completing a January move from Arsenal to Manchester United, thus ending his three-and-a-half year stay in North London.
The Chilean forward has been the media spotlight for some time, with his spell to England prefaced by a couple of years at Barcelona, but while some parts of his personality and story are well known, such as his love for dogs, others are less so.
Here are seven facts you did not know about Alexis Sanchez.
#1 His Childhood Was Tough
Sanchez was born in the small city of Tocopilla in northern Chile. His father left the family when he was young and his mother worked as a cleaner and sold fish every summer to try and make ends meet. Sanchez helped pay his way by cleaning cars at the gates of the city’s cemetery.
It was not an easy childhood, as his brother Humberto revealed in a 2014 interview.
“Alexis had nothing when growing up,” he explained. “He had to fight for everything he has. We were the poorest of the poor... Sometimes he was so hungry he would knock on neighbours’ doors and ask for bread. They would always give him what they had to spare.”