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Alexis Sanchez close to Manchester United exit with free transfer; United saving millions

Alexis Sanchez has been at Inter Milan for the entire 2019/20 season on loan and despite having a long injury lay off, he has come back into the team and shown enough to suggest that the Inter manager, Antonio Conte wants to keep him as part of his playing staff, making his loan spell permanent. It might have looked a costly bit of business for United after signing the player on a massive wage structure in January 2018 exchanging the player with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who headed to Arsenal.

Sanchez made 45 appearances for United during the remainder of the 2017/18 and the 2018/19 season, scoring five goals and nine assists, playing 2,781 minutes of football. For such a world-class player at the time of his arrival, which was debatable at the time, more should have been expected. For this reason, Sanchez never made it at the club and failed under two managers; Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Chilean international did not do enough for the wage he was receiving.

In my personal view, I don’t think he is doing enough at Inter either but that will be a problem for them to deal with. It would seem that the piano-playing winger has played his last match for United which is a good thing for United as they look to be fully entering a new era of the club guided by Solskjaer, who seems to have more about him that any other manager post-Sir Alex Ferguson. Some will agree with that, others will disagree but the proof is in the pudding, or so they say.

At Inter this season, the Chilean, 31, made a total of 29 appearances, scoring four goals and nine assists as the Italian club finished as runners-up to Juventus, a point in it. Conte might be happy with that sort of input from some of his players but for United, especially when they could be paying the player £505,000 a week, which is the player’s full wage including bonuses, he would need to be the best player in the team. Sanchez’s arrival caused some problems at United with wages.

That was clear to see from the start and it was something that caused a rift at the club and to be perfectly honest, they have done well to get out of this not being massively out of pocket. Sanchez could have just sat there at the club for two more years earning massive amounts of money doing absolutely nothing. To sidestep that shows some ability to get business done, which is a good sign for the club. I won’t miss Sanchez to be perfectly honest but I will wish him the best for the future.

Whilst United will not get a transfer fee for the player, as reported by The Mirror, his wages will be offloaded, as soon as the move has been confirmed, which will be a big relief and a starting point to rebuild the club in a much better way. The fact that the club seem to be moving forwards in the pursuit of Jadon Sancho is a good thing and his arrival, effectively replacing Sanchez would be a massive step forwards for the club. United will have a lot to do this summer to assemble a side ready to take on the might of Liverpool and Manchester City, however, Rome was not built in a day.

Written by John Walker

Inter Milan want to sign Alexis Sanchez permanently – good news for Manchester United?

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez could be sold to Inter Milan this summer if reports are correct. The Daily Mail have reported that the Italian club want the player permanently but his ‘eye-watering’ wages will be the major stumbling block in a prospective deal. A few days ago, it was reported that United have told Inter to agree terms with Sanchez, which is likely to reduce his wages. Then United would hold talks with the club to agree on a transfer fee for the player who has two more years remaining on his contract at the Old Trafford club.

Inter Milan chief Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that he wants to sign the player permanently, which is good news for United. It is clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not see the player as fitting into his plans at the club as he allowed him to leave last summer, signing for Inter for the 2019/20 season on loan, joining Romelu Lukaku who was sold to the club last summer and was then joined by Ashley Young, who was sold during the January transfer window.

The 31-year-old is due back in Manchester by the 7 August 2020 after his loan spell at the club ends. United extended the players spell at the club to cover the remainder of the Serie A season plus the UEFA Europa League round of 16 match that was postponed in March. The player, at this moment in time, will not play in the latter stages of the competition if Inter go through. The player earns £300,000 a week in basic wages at United plus £100,000 in image rights which, with bonuses, could see his weekly wage rise over £500,000 per week, which is obscene considering what he has offered to the club.

Inter have been paying £150,000 towards the players wages. As they want to sign the player, his wage demands will need to be reduced and United would need to lower their demands of a reported £18 million fee for the player. If United can get £14 million it would be a good deal considering the player’s age and the fact that he has done so badly at the club. Getting him off the clubs books this summer would be a good piece of business, also seeing United’s wage bill reduced, which would also be good news.

Another report, carried by The Metro suggests that Inter have offered United Ivan Perisic as a straight swap for Sanchez this summer, which is not something that I would personally be tempted by if I was the decision maker. United were, of course, interested in signing the Croatian winger a few years ago under the management of Jose Mourinho but there is nothing to suggest that the player, 31 would be on Solskjaer’s radar this summer. I would doubt it considering the player being linked to the club.

The Sun has also reported that Inter are close to securing Sanchez on loan next season, which seems to contradict the reported from other outlets suggesting that Inter want to sign the Chilean winger permanently. Things can change in football but I think if United can get the player off their books this summer, they will push for that. If Sanchez wants to continue his playing career, it would be crucial to leave United, instead of being loaned out each season until he is a free agent. United should do what it takes to get a deal done this summer, Getting rid of as many players not needed at the club is necessary for the rebuild to work.

Written by John Walker

Alexis Sanchez must reach agreement with Inter Milan before Manchester United talks

Inter Milan will hold talks with Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez in the hope of agreeing a new wage structure with the Italian club before sealing a permanent switch away from the Theatre of Dreams. The Chilean is reported to be on around £500,000 per week at United ever since he signed from Arsenal, in a swap deal which also involved Henrikh Mkhitaryan, back in January 2018. The Sun reported that Inter are paying £4.5 million of the players £18.6 million yearly wage, which is absurd.

Sanchez has scored four goals and eight assists for Inter this season, which is not the greatest but if they are happy with what he brings to the team and want to keep him permanently, then who am I to argue? The main thing is that he has not worked at United and to get rid of his wage will be one of the best things that the club could do this summer. Sanchez would need to lower his wage demands to get an exit from United, which might involve United giving him a pay out, or an ultimatum that if he stayed, he probably will not play for the club again.

Inter would be willing to pay the Chilean forward £200,000 per week, which has been reported by The Sun recently. That would be a good wage for the player and could possibly take some pressure off him. I mean, money is not the only thing that makes people happy, is it? Surely being happy at the club and feeling valued by that club is a lot better than earning a lot of cash each week when not being happy or feeling valued, right? I guess that could be different for everyone. I would rather be happy and feel valued at the end of the day.

If Sanchez reaches an agreement with Inter, then United will open talks to agree a possible fee for the player this summer. United will be keen to offload the player, who arrived under the reign of Jose Mourinho and does not feature in the plans of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, getting the player’s wages off the books with two years remaining on his contract with the Old Trafford club. It has also been reported that United will not let the player spend another season out on loan, preferring to find a permanent solution for the player away from Old Trafford.

United have allowed the Chilean forward to remain at Inter until their UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg match against Getafe on the 5 August 2020, after that, the player will need to return to United. He will not be eligible to play the remainder of the competition for either club, even if Inter decide to purchase the player. Inter manager Antonio Conte seems keen to keep the player at the club, which is a good sign, hopefully the club will agree a wage structure with the player and make things permanent. Conte, was reported by The Sun as saying:

“We knew very well that Sanchez had not been very good for two years at Manchester United, he was a little lost.

“He came here and got himself involved, he had bad luck as he injured his ankle but luckily there was Lautaro [Martinez] and [Romelu] Lukaku.

“He is now well, he is taking more and more control and I am starting to see the real Sanchez.

“He must continue like this, then we will see what the future holds. Today we must focus on the present and do our best.”

Written by John Walker

Manchester United put six players on transfer list ahead of summer window opening – reports

Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for six first team players as they look to raise money to fund further transfers this summer, also clearing the wage bill to make way for any new faces the club brings in this summer. Reports have suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seemingly ended the United careers of these players.

United are said to be welcoming bids for Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot with Solskjaer keen to bolster his squad ahead of an new era at the club, which started with his appointment after the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2018. The Norwegian has helped six players out of the door already.

Solskjaer is keen to get United ticking again, like they did in his days as a player for the club, then led by Sir Alex Ferguson, a manager that Solskjaer would like to emulate at the club and could do with full support of the Scotsman. We have seen from recent matches that fast-paced attacking football is the style that he wants at the club.

Solskjaer, albeit temporarily, got rid of Smalling and Sanchez for the current season on loan with the club seemingly interested in ending the careers of the duo at United, if clubs would like to purchase them. Sanchez would be the harder of the two to get rid of because of his high wages. Smalling would like to remain in Italy past this season.

Rojo has not played much football this season and was loaned to Estudiantes in Argentines during the January transfer window with Jones not playing much football at all, being injured since the Premier League resumed last month and possible unlikely to have any further involvement with the club this season.

Lingard has fallen down the pecking order massively as what he has offered the club during Solskjaer’s tenure at the club, and before that, is lacking what is needed from a player representing United and you can see he’s not in the Norwegian’s plans as he has no involvement in matches, last playing against Norwich City in the FA Cup last month.

In regards to Dalot, his United career is two years in the making and it might be harsh to let him go so soon but he’s not going to get past Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right-back position or either Luke Shaw or Brandon Williams in the left-back role. Solskjaer has used him further forward but that did not work out for him either.

Solskjaer seems to see more in Ethan Laird, who has been training with the first team for a while now, which says more about Dalot. Not every player will make it work at United, especially after coming to the club under the watch of a different manager, who had high hopes for the player. Solskjaer knows what he wants and what he has not got.

It could well be an exciting summer for United, if they can get different clubs interested in these six players, which could clear the way for some new faces at the club this summer and some places in the squad for some of the younger, talented players within the clubs academy, which is the route to success that Ferguson took all those years ago.

Manchester United could be stuck with Alexis Sanchez with player refusing to lower wage demands; it will cost them £50 million

Manchester United could end up being stuck with Alexis Sanchez at the club next season, possibly until the expiry of his contract, which will end in the summer of 2022, according to reports. It is suggested that the Chilean winger is refusing to take a pay cut. Sanchez has spent the season on loan with Inter Milan and due back at United from the 7 August 2020.

The 31-year-old has made a total of 23 appearances for the Italian club this season, scoring two goals and eight assists but also suffering from a tendon injury which kept him out for 14 matches from 13 October 2019 until 5 January 2020. It could well be that a season will not go by without Sanchez suffering some kind of injury.

The Daily Mail suggest that Sanchez is unwilling to lower his weekly wage which will be a major stumbling block if United find a club to move him onto this summer, meaning the club could be liable to pay his final two years up front, costing £50 million or more, which is not something United would be willing to do.

It is suggested that the 31-year-old would rather stay in Europe and therefore is not interested in playing in China or the Middle East, which are places he would earn high wages. However, if they looked at what the player brings to the pitch, they might think otherwise as the Chilean winger offers little to excite a club with high expectations.

United will learn a massive lesson from signing Sanchez with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward feeling that Sanchez was the missing piece of the jigsaw at the time he was signed, in January 2018, but his appointment at the club has been nothing short of an embarrassment. However, Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the other direction, to Arsenal, was not a glowing success either.

Inter Milan have been paying half of Sanchez’s £300,000 weekly wage which could rise to £505,000 per week with bonuses. Manager, Antonio Conte would like to keep the Chilean at the club moving forward but Inter are said to be reluctant to pay the player’s £18 million fee this summer. United should look into what Inter would pay for him and cut their losses.

Manchester United in talks to sell Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan for £18 million – reports

Inter Milan are reportedly interested in making Alexis Sanchez’s loan spell at the club permanent, offering to pay £18 million to Manchester United for the Chilean forward. If this is true, it could be good for United to offload the player from the squad, also getting rid of his staggering wages, which were a mistake to agree back in January 2018.

Goal have suggested that Inter manager Antonio Conte has been impressed with the former Arsenal forward this season, despite him being sidelined with an injury for a large proportion of the season. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems interested in offloading the player this summer, so this could work for both clubs.

Recently, it was confirmed that Sanchez would remain at the San Siro until the first week in August, play8ing the remainder of the Serie A season and the remaining match in the round of 16 stage in the UEFA Europa League. However, the player, like Chris Smalling, will not be staying at the club any longer this season.

The Chilean offered little to United in 18 months at the club before being loaned out and seemed to struggle with injury and form on more than one occasion. Jose Moutinho did not utilise the player much and Solskjaer seemed to use him less than hie predecessor, which suggests that the Norwegian did not want the player at the club.

It has been suggested that there was a gentlemen’s agreement between United and Inter that the Italian club would purchase the player at the end of his loan spell for a fee in the region of £23 million. If this is true, United should ensure it happens. Of course, the player would need to agree to tear up his contract at the club.

If United do sell the player, he would be eligible to receive wages up until the end of his contract at the club, meaning that the fee United eventually received for the player might have to be used to supplement his wages. This is something that the clubs executive vice-chairman caused by agreeing to such a high wage for the player, which is obscene based on what he failed to achieve at the club.

Manchester United must sell four or five players to sign the likes of Jadon Sancho this summer – reports

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to sell four or five players this summer if he is to make a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, or any other player that would cost the club a lot of money this summer. It is suggested that both Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez will have to be sold.

Obviously, selling the likes of Sanchez and Lingard is not a major problem as one of them has offered slightly more in 18 months than Daniel James has brought to the club in a year, getting wages a lot lower than the Chilean who is clearly on a major decline. Lingard could not even look good against Norwich City on Saturday evening so no loss either.

Some might suggest it is harsh to say these things but I am just being truthful. Solskjaer will need to find buyers for these two players if Sancho is even going to be an option, although Solskjaer has not yet ruled a move out for the player this summer. It could be hard to get a club to sign Sanchez permanently based on his weekly wage at United.

Solskjaer has reportedly been told by Ed Woodward that he will need to clear some of the players he does not want in his squad before he would commit to an approach for Sancho this summer, so presumably, if this is true, Woodward has not yet ruled out a possibility of the club making a move for Sancho this summer.

With the current financial circumstances regarding the coronavirus pandemic, of where the future is uncertain with the fact that nobody knows when supporters will be allowed back into stadiums in the numbers that attended matches before the pandemic, therefore adding to the loss of income for football clubs in terms of match day revenue.

Because of this, United will need to be careful and not overcommit themselves, therefore clearing some big wages and players that do not seem to have a future at the club is the best way to create space for a player who would be costly both in terms of transfer wee and weekly wages, which is a logical way of doing things.

Three other names have been suggested including Andreas Pereira, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. There is a possibility that Smalling could still be sold to AS Roma this summer, if they are able to make it work with United’s valuation of the player more than the Italian club would want to pay, which seems to always be the case with these cheap clubs.

Phil Jones has made just eight appearances for United under Solskjaer this season, which is not enough playing time to even warrant a place for him in the squad. He does have a contract which will expire in the summer of 2023, with the option of another year, so he might be a problem to shift, however, he would be a good signing for Arsenal.

In terms of Pereira, personally I am yet to see a reason why he should retain his place at United. Despite making 38 appearance so far this season, he’s scored just two goals and four assists. His contract expires in 2023, with the option of another year and in terms of creativity, there is little for him to offer the club.

Solskjaer will have a lot to do this summer before the club could make a move for Sancho and it is suggested that the manager does not yet know how much he will have to spend this summer. United obviously need to sign a striker, but Odion Ighalo’s loan spell will expire at the end of January 2021, so the urgency this summer is lower than it could be.

A right-winger is a priority and this could transform United attack considerably, providing the player fits in to Solskjaer’s system and gels with the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Odion Ighalo and Mason Greenwood, not to mention Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, who will offer the creativity from the midfield.

Some suggest that United need a central defender, however, with Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe, presuming that one, two, or all of Jones, Smalling and Marcos Rojo leave the club this summer, would be adequate with United utilising the likes of Teden Mengi from the academy, should they be needed.

Brazil legend Ronaldo offers Alexis Sanchez an escape from Manchester United – reports

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has been offered an escape route from the Old Trafford club by Brazil, Inter Milan and Real Madrid legend Ronaldo, according to reports. It is stated that Ronaldo has claimed that the ‘door is always open’ for him at La Liga side Real Valladolid. It might not be the high-profile move he wants though.

The Chilean forward has struggled since moving to United from Arsenal during the January transfer window in 2018. The player has scored just five goals and nine assists in 45 appearances at United, which is poor to say the least. It is clear that Sanchez has not worked out for United and they seem to be paying him a pretty penny for nothing.

The player was loaned to Inter Milan during the summer with the player to remain at the club for the remainder of the season, even the extension of the season because of the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic which suspended world football in mid-March. He’s not had the greatest season in Italy, scoring one goal and three assists in 16 appearances.

This could be an interesting development with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming that Sanchez will return to United, a club that may no longer have a place for him. Ronaldo, who won the FIFA World Cup with Brazil in 2002, amongst other things during his club career, owns 80% of Real Valladolid and might need reinforcements this summer. Speaking on a Zoom call recently, Ronaldo said:

“Alexis Sanchez has succeeded wherever he’s gone. He has a lot of quality.

“If he doesn’t succeed at Inter, Valladolid will open their doors to him.”

It could be the restart to his career that Sanchez needs. It does not look like he can cut it at the highest level, failing at United before seemingly doing the same in Italy. It might be time to start thinking about a change of scenery, unless he’s happy to take United’s money for doing nothing – which has not stopped him so far. Good riddance, I say!

Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez conundrum; club won’t pay him off, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t play him – reports

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told to find room for Alexis Sanchez in his squad next season, which is unfortunate but shows that the player will form an indelible mark on Ed Woodward’s career at the Old Trafford club. In January 2018, when the club swapped the player for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, it seems like a good decision.

18 months later, it was clear that the move was a failure with the player offering little to the club, despite many wanting him to succeed. The player has two-years remaining on his contract at the club, meaning United are liable for his huge weekly wage which is a deterrent for clubs seeking to loan or buy him in the summer. Solskjaer once had this to say about Sanchez:

“Sometimes when you decorate your living room it might be a nice chair or nice sofa but it maybe doesn’t go with the rest of it.

“Of course there’s a place for good players and good people in this environment.

“Let’s see where we get to after the season, because we do feel this squad is exciting. We do feel we’re on the way to something.

“It’s up to all the players when they’re here to do well, because there’s always talk of people coming in and out, and it’s about gelling this group together.”

Sanchez was loaned to Inter Milan for the entirety of the 2019/20 season, which was hit with injury, like his time way at United and Arsenal before that (the latter part of his time there, obviously). Sanchez has made just 16 appearances, scoring one goal and three assists. It would seem that unless United can find a loan deal for him, he might still remain.

Sanchez has done some good things at United but there are very few of them to mention, This is the problem. He has experience but just does not fit into the team and I don’t believe that he ever has. It is just another one of those mistakes that Woodward has made and hopefully he could be the last with some major lessons learned for the executive vice-chairman.

It is expected that United would have to pay the player £24 million in order to release him from his contract at the club, which is money that could be spent better at this moment in time, like using it to help fund a move for a right-winger, which would give United a better attacking sense, fixing a problem that has been at the club for years.

So, with that option off the table, Sanchez will either be the frustrated figure at the club who is seldom picked to play first team matches, or the club seeks to find a deal whereby they can loan him for another year, with a proportion of his wages being paid by the loan club, saving United a little money but a lot of frustration. It is a shame it worked out like this.

Inter Milan confirm plan with Alexis Sanchez – let’s hope it works and he leaves the club permanently

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has outlined the Italian clubs plan for Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez who is currently on loan with the club from Manchester United. Almost two and a half year ago, Sanchez signed for United, from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the other direction. Both players have failed to impress.

It was hoped that a move to the San Siro club would help Sanchez revive his career but a mix of poor form, fitness and injury has stopped him from succeeding in Italy. During the 2019/20 season, Sanchez has made just 15 appearances for the club, scoring one goal and assisting three more. He has now recovered from a serious ankle injury.

Inter have had a strong season under former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, sitting third in Serie A, nine points adrift of leaders Juventus. It is expected that the league will resume from Saturday 20 June 2020, becoming the fourth top league in Europe to resume after the Bunndesliga, La Liga and the Premier League.

It was expected that Sanchez will remain at Inter for the remainder of the season, as there seems to be nothing for him at United. It is, however, expected that the Chilean will return to the club in the summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer possibly not having a role for him. Ausilio, speaking to Sky Sports Italia about the Chilean and his role at Inter, said:

“He’ll stay with us until the end of the season, then we’ll decide about his future with Manchester United. He’ll have the opportunity to show his skills.”

If it all works out for him in Italy, perhaps he could become a permanent player for the club. Inter are currently subject to a lot of speculation with striker Lautaro Martinez, who is wanted by Barcelona but the club will not let him leave unless his £99.7 million release clause is met. If Sanchez performs with the club and shows his worth, United might get rid of him.

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