Inter Milan has reportedly reopened talks with Alexis Sanchez over a loan move to the club before the transfer window closes in a week’s time. Last week, it was suggested that the move could be confirmed before the weekend with reports now suggesting that the Italian club wants things completed within 72 hours.
It was reported last week that Manchester United were demanding a bigger share of Sanchez’s wages to be paid by the Italian club, however, based on other reports emerging, Inter is reluctant to spend so much on the player, seemingly expecting other clubs to find their activity on the pitch, or so it seems.
Inter has, so far, been unable to agree on a deal, of which United wants them to pay £5 million of the players wage, also a £15 million transfer fee next summer. However, with injuries in the squad, it may now weaken United, a squad who already lacks quality across the pitch. The talks this week could seal a deal or see United end everything.
The Mirror has reported that United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sanchez were seen arriving at the clubs Aon training complex in Carrington earlier n Monday, not surprising as the
Solskjaer was once keen to let Sanchez leave the club this summer but after an injury to Anthony Martial in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, which has not yet been confirmed as anything of note by the club, it could mean that Solskjaer will ask or expect Sanchez to remain at the Old Trafford club.
Martial suffered from a thigh injury, which is still being assessed by the club. He is currently 50/50 as to whether he will be involved against Southampton at the weekend. If the Frenchman is out for any period of time, allowing Sanchez to leave would just lead to more discontent amongst the ‘Twitter fans’ who seem to moan about anything.
With all the speculation surrounding Sanchez at United this summer, Solskjaer has been respectful of the player when speaking in public, which is a good way to be. If the manager has something to say about the player, it should only be said to the player, in my opinion. Solskjaer recently spoke about Sanchez, saying:
“Alexis [Sanchez] is a quality player. We don’t have loads of options. If there is an offer that’s good enough for the club and him maybe he will go, but if not then, he’s still our player and he’s a quality player.”
United has just Marcus Rashford and Martial as their experiences forwards this season, other than Sanchez, of course. There is also Mason Greenwood, whose participation in the first team will need to be protected, to stop him burning out. That leaves four players, three if Sanchez is allowed to leave on loan.
Granted, Solskjaer could look towards the youth players in the U23s to fortify his squad with the likes of D’Mani Bughail-Mellor and Largie Ramazani who could step up to the first team, also with Tahith Chong, who has already made his debut at first team level, stepping up also. There is room for strengthening whether Sanchez stays or goes.