Sanchez handed United pay-off to seal In­ter move

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

Manch­ester United handed Alexis Sanchez a set­tle­ment of £5-£10mil­lion to help sweeten the Chile striker’s move to In­ter Mi­lan.

It was con­firmed yes­ter­day that Sanchez had joined In­ter on a free trans­fer af­ter a sea­son on loan with the Ital­ian club. The 31-year-old has signed a three-year con­tract with the Ner­az­zurri worth £6.3mil­lion an­nu­ally af­ter tax.

Sanchez would have stood to earn around £40mil­lion from the fi­nal two years of his con­tract at Old Traf­ford even if he had not kicked a ball. But United and Sanchez agreed to ef­fec­tively rip up that con­tract in re­turn for the player re­ceiv­ing a pay-off to fa­cil­i­tate the switch to In­ter.

A spe­cific fig­ure is ex­pected to be de­tailed in the first quar­ter ac­counts for the 2020-21 sea­son – which will be re­leased later in the year – but it is un­der­stood that the sum is be­tween £5 mil­lion and £10 mil­lion.

Signed from Arse­nal in an ex­change deal with Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan in Jan­uary 2018, Sanchez failed chron­i­cally to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions at Old Traf­ford and man­aged just three goals in 32 Premier League ap­pear­ances, with his mis­er­able spell at the club dogged by poor form and in­juries.

Sanchez’s time at United cost the club in ex­cess of £40 mil­lion in wages, in­clud­ing the £175,000 a week they were con­tribut­ing to his salary while on loan at In­ter, with that enor­mous out­lay fur­ther swollen by the fi­nal set­tle­ment bill.

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