United may have to pay Sanchez off to join In­ter

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By James Ducker

In­ter Mi­lan are keen to sign Alexis Sanchez on a per­ma­nent trans­fer but a deal could hinge on Manch­ester United’s will­ing­ness to give their mis­fit striker a pay-off.

Sanchez, 31, joined In­ter on loan last Au­gust af­ter a calami­tous 18 months at Old Traf­ford fol­low­ing his move from Arse­nal and, af­ter an in­jury-plagued start in Italy, he has found form and hap­pi­ness again.

An­to­nio Conte, the In­ter coach, re­cently de­scribed Sanchez as a “re­dis­cov­ered foot­baller” and his faith in the Chilean has been re­warded with three goals and seven as­sists in the past nine games as the club tar­get a first top-three fin­ish for nine years.

Sanchez is due back at United on Aug 7 and still has just un­der two years to run on his £560,000-aweek con­tract, but while Conte and In­ter want to sign him, they can­not do so on those terms.

United are al­ready con­tribut­ing about £175,000 a week to­wards Sanchez’s wages at In­ter and, with the for­ward not wanted by man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer, who has made Jadon San­cho, the Borus­sia Dort­mund winger, his pri­or­ity sum­mer trans­fer tar­get, the club are des­per­ate to get him off their wage bill to free up cash.

If hon­oured, Sanchez’s con­tract un­til June 2022 stands to cost United in ex­cess of £50mil­lion and may mean the club seek­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a set­tle­ment with the player.

There is a will­ing­ness on be­half of all par­ties to try to reach an agree­ment but, un­less Sanchez can be per­suaded to take a hefty pay cut to join In­ter or another loan agreed on more favourable terms, United may have to swallow a pay-off.

Yet Sanchez feels wanted by Conte and In­ter, and is happy in Mi­lan, which could all prove im­por­tant fac­tors in try­ing to strike a com­pro­mise.

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