Alexis Sanchez could soon be ending his sort spell at Manchester United. It has been reported that the Chilean forward has agreed a loan spell at Inter Milan in which he would join former United striker Romelu Lukaku this season. The deal would see the player remain in Italy for the 2019/20 season with the option for the club to buy him for £13.75 million.
Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano reported the prospective which could end the turbulent period for the Chilean, who is reportedly being paid around £505,000 each week at the Old Trafford club. Sanchez has played for United for around 18 months, playing 45 times, scoring only five goals, which is terrible considering his achievement in the sport.
It will be up to United to pay a lot of his reported wage with Inter offering to pay a chunk of it for him to sign for the San Siro club. It has also been reported that the Chilean international who has played for Arsenal, Barcelona and Juventus, asked United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to let him leave the club this summer.
Many supporters of the club would not miss the player if he left although some will suggest that he has so much to achieve at the club. With the process that Solskjaer has implemented, it is clear that the likes of Sanchez are not wanted and have no prospects, even with the club only signing Daniel James this summer, losing Lukaku without signing a replacement also.
It will no doubt leave the club with places to full in the squad, however, it will also be god for the likes of Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, and Mason Greenwood, who would most likely be afforded more playing time this season, en route to establishing themselves in Solskjaer’s first team during his rebuilding process of the club.
At the end of last season, Solskjaer suggested that the supporters of the club had seen the back of some players, which puzzled supporters during the summer with only Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia leaving the club on the expiry of their contracts. Some expected wholesale departures, starting with Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and others.
In fact, with Lukaku leaving a few weeks ago and the reports linking Sanchez to Inter Milan, also with reports suggesting the club are trying to pay Marcos Rojo off to leave the club two-years early, it is clear that Solskjaer meant these players when he suggested that we may have seen the back of some players.
It will be considered as good business to get these players off the wage bill also. Sanchez came to United with such high hopes with Jose Mourinho beating Pep Guardiola to the signature of the Chilean, who was announced playing the piano in a video which went viral, seemingly all for the wrong reasons after the player failed to light a fire at the club, let alone keep anything burning.
It is something that will want to be forgotten, just like the failed loan spell of Colombian striker, Radamel Falcao, who scored four goals during his time at the Old Trafford club, although he was recovering from a serious knee injury at the time and seems to have returned to his best form a year or so later, after also failing for a season at Chelsea.