As the completion of the Alexis Sanchez/Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal edges closer, one of the many questions on football fans the lips of football fans has been “Is Sanchez eligible to play for Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League?”
While the English Premier League title might be an impossible dream for the Chilean forward with the twelve points gap between Manchester City and Manchester United, the potential number 7 for the Red Devils will be glad to know he can feature in the UEFA Champions League second round tie.
As UEFA Champions League regulations state that clubs can register one player for the knockout rounds who “has been fielded in a UEFA club competition group stage match for another club in the current season” as long as said player has not played “in the same competition for another club,” or for “another club that is currently in the same competition.”
This means that since Arsenal missed out on a Champions League spot last season by finishing 5th in the Premier League and qualifying for the Europa League instead. It makes Alexis Sanchez eligible to feature for Manchester United.
However it’s worth noting that Man United would have to register Sanchez by February 1. Also Champions League clubs are required to submit a 25 players list and if they add to their squad in January, one of the already listed players will have to be removed to accommodate a new addition.
This shouldn’t be a problem for Manchester United with the potential exodus of Henrikh Mkhitaryan coupled with the fact that youngster James Wilson has left Manchester United on loan to Sheffield United.
Manchester United will face Sevilla for the first leg of their round of 16 tie on the 21th of February at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.