Inter Milan are keen on keeping Manchester United’s expensive striker Alexis Sanchez.
The Serie A club secured a short extension to Sanchez’s loan deal so that he could see out the rescheduled domestic season at the San Siro but that is due to expire in early August.
Now Inter’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has admitted he wants Sanchez to stay on their books to play in the Europa League and did not rule out the possibility of a permanent move.
Marotta, who agreed his club would pay £4.5million towards the Chilean’s £500,000-a-week United contract for his services this season, described the European situation as an “anomaly”.
He confirmed his desire to hold talks with United counterparts over Sanchez’s future.
Marotta told Sky Italia Sport: “This situation is an anomaly, considering the outcome of the entire Europa League can be affected by the absence or otherwise of individual players.
“This hasn’t been resolved yet. We are working on it and we want to keep hold of him for at least the rest of the Europa League.”
Second-place Inter have two games left in the league before they take on Spanish side Getafe in a one-off last-16 tie in Germany.
The Europa League mini tournament runs until 21 August, three weeks before the planned start of the next Premier League season.
Inter and United could meet in the semi-finals if they both progress – in a game for which Sanchez would be ineligible to feature.
United are understood to be unwilling to lengthen Sanchez’s loan once again and are looking to hold out for a permanent transfer.
But Sky Sports Italia have claimed that a permanent deal for the 31-year-old would only be possible if he accepts a hefty wage cut.
Sanchez has performed well since lockdown with six assists in his last seven games.
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