Man Utd in transfer ‘poker game’ for winger that could save Ed Woodward £55m
Inter Milan are in the process of trying to sign Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez, reports claim. Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport have described negotiations as a ‘poker game’ with no holds barred.
Sanchez joined Manchester United in January 2018 having scored 80 goals and provided 45 assists during his four-season spell with Arsenal.
The 31-year-old signed a four-and-a-half-year deal and arrived as part of a swap deal that saw Armenia star Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction.
The attacker managed just five goals in 45 appearances during his injury-plagued spell and was subsequently loaned out to Inter Milan for the remainder of the campaign.
Sanchez has impressed at the San Siro, scoring four goals and providing 10 assists in 28 appearances.
The Serie A heavyweights would like to make his stay permanent, but the terms of any potential deal is still undecided.
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It’s believed that United executives told their Inter counterparts in the last seven days that they would NOT consider another season-long loan.
And Corriere Dello Sport claim CEO Giuseppe Marotta and sporting director Piero Ausilio have now responded.
The Italian club would still like another loan deal but with an obligation to buy for significantly less than United’s £18.2million valuation.
In fact, Inter believe that United should allow them to sign Sanchez for nothing as it will save them £350,000-a-week in wages.
Sanchez still has two years remaining on his Old Trafford contract, that expires in June 2022.
And allowing him to leave on a free transfer will save the club between £50m-£55million in wages including additional bonuses.
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Meanwhile, former Red Devils midfielder Paul Ince thinks Sanchez could be a “totally different player” at Manchester United next season.
“I wouldn’t rule out Sanchez going back to United and being a key part of their team next season,” Ince told Paddy Power.
“Football is a funny old game. I’ve been in the situation as a manager where I’ve thought, ‘right, I’m going to get rid of him and him’ – but when it comes to it you can’t get the deal done, so they stay at the club.
“Then pre-season comes around and they’re a totally different player to the season before, and they’re your key man the next season.
“So Sanchez could definitely go back to United, look fantastic in training, and bang suddenly he’s important to their plans after all.”
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