United will pay £13m to get rid of Sanchez

Daily Mail - - Sports Newspaper Of The Year - By SAMI MOKBEL

MANCH­ESTER UNITED are pre­pared to pay half of Alexis Sanchez’s mam­moth £26mil­lion salary to se­cure him a move this sum­mer.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion over the Chilean’s fu­ture will be left to man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer, but United are open to of­fload­ing the for­ward.

United chiefs are aware Sanchez’s £ 500,000- per- week wage, in­clu­sive of bonuses, will prove a ma­jor stum­bling block. So, it is un­der­stood they are re­signed to pay­ing as much as 50 per cent of the ex-Arse­nal star’s wages to tempt an­other club to take him.

United’s pref­er­ence is to sell Sanchez abroad as there is great re­luc­tance to see him join a top-six Premier League ri­val.

Pay­ing £13mil­lion a sea­son for a player not even at the club is hardly an ideal sce­nario — but United re­alise slash­ing £250,000 a week from their wage bill would be a sig­nif­i­cant boost in terms of pack­ages they can of­fer prospec­tive sign­ings.

United be­lieve the best hope they have of mov­ing Sanchez, 30, this sum­mer is on loan. Such a deal would en­able them to rene­go­ti­ate an al­ter­na­tive exit route for Sanchez ahead of the 2020-21 sea­son, par­tic­u­larly if the for­ward can re­cap­ture his best form else­where.

Sanchez has strug­gled since mov­ing to Old Traf­ford, failing to re­cap­ture the form that led to United mak­ing such a mas­sive fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment in 2018.

OLE GUN­NAR SOL­SK­JAER has told Manch­ester United’s play­ers to re­port for a de­brief­ing the day af­ter the sea­son fin­ishes. United play Cardiff at old traf­ford a week on Sun­day in their fi­nal game of 2018-19 and the squad would nor­mally leave on hol­i­day straight af­ter­wards. How­ever, Sol­sk­jaer wants the play­ers back at their Car­ring­ton train­ing ground thehe next day to dis­cuss the dra­matic slump since nce he was ap­pointed per­ma­nent man­ager in March, h, and how they can put things right next sea­son. the 46-year-old has al­ready de­cided who should be sold this s sum­mer and held a se­ries of re­cruit­ment ent meet­ings with ex­ec­u­tive cu­tive vice-chair­man Ed Wood­ward over trans­fer tar­gets. Sol­sk­jaer is de­ter­mined to raise stan­dards through­out the club and wants to see a bet­ter at­ti­tude from many of his un­der­per­form­ing stars next sea­son. In par­tic­u­lar, he wants to im­prove the squad’s fit­ness lev­els af­ter be­ing shocked at the lack of stamina and in­ten­sity of the squad he in­her­ited from Jose Mour­inho. Fit­ness coaches Car­los lalin and Ste­fano Rapetti left the club when Mour­inho was sacked in De­cem­ber. United also lost their highly-rated head of strength and con­di­tion­ing, Gary Walker, in March and head of per­for­mance, tony Strud­wick, at the end of last sea­son. ththey have pro­moted academy fit­ness ccoach Char­lie owen to work with the first team and may also bring in a more ex­pe­ri­enced fig­ure tthis sum­mer. Sol­sk­jaer can­not wait to put the squad through a rig­or­ous pre-sea­sons pro­gramme be­cause United are in the bot­tom three in the Premier league in terms of dis­tance cov­ered by play­ers in matches for the past three sea­sons. ‘of course, the fit­ness lev­els are not good enough for me,’ said Sol­sk­jaer be­fore Sun­day’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea. ‘that’s why pre-sea­son is go­ing to be big for me and for all of us. When you are in the mid­dle of a sea­son, you can’t make too many dras­tic changes.’

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