It says a lot about modern day football that Manchester United might have to pay Alexis Sanchez £36million if his proposed loan deal becomes permanent at Inter Milan. The Chilean forward is in talks with the Italian club about a possible loan move to the San Siro in a deal that would also include an option-to-buy clause that allows Inter to make the move permanent next summer.
However, due to Sanchez’s ridiculous wage at Old Trafford, the Italian giants are only prepared to offer to pay Sanchez £150,000-a-week, a significant drop on his currently grotesque £400,000-a-week wage at United.
With Inter only willing to pay less than half his current salary, United would be obligated to buy out the remainder of his contract and finally seal his exit from Old Trafford – that’s if Inter wanted to make his stay permanent. Sanchez currently has two years left on his United contract.
Both clubs have recently held talks in a bid to confirm a deal ahead of the September 2 transfer deadline, which allows teams across the rest of Europe to still buy players and Premier League clubs to still sell them.
From the discussions that have taken place, it is believed that any potential permanent transfer for Sanchez would involve a fee set around the £15m mark. If the option-to-buy clause is triggered, it will provide some much-needed cash for United to help them to offset some of the money they’ll need to spend to assist Sanchez leaving.
Both United and Sanchez seem keen to get the loan deal done as soon as possible, after the Chilean has endured a turbulent spell at the club with few goals, few minutes and few fans. It would be fair to say the Old Trafford faithful won’t cry any tears on seeing Sanchez’s exit.
The striker arrived in January 2018 from Arsenal, having had just six months remaining on his contract with the Gunners. His transfer was part of a straight swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and so did not cost United a transfer fee. But this just meant that he and his agent could simply negotiate a much higher wage from United – something they agreed to.
Despite his incredible weekly wage, he has scored just five goals in 45 appearances. He has also struggled with injuries and is only just returning to fitness after his latest setback. Despite this, he still managed to represent Chile in the Copa America over the summer.
If his move is finally confirmed to Inter Milan, he will be linking up with his former strike partner, Romelu Lukaku, another Old Trafford misfit. Inter bought Lukaku in a £73m transfer on deadline day from United, leaving them with few goal scoring options – especially with Paul Pogba also wanting to leave United.
The sums of money involved are incredible, especially when considering that Bury F.C. and Bolton Wanderers F.C. could avoid going out of business with Sanchez’s yearly salary.