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Loan star’s return could set Man United back by £25m-a-year if the player stays put

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Alexis Sanchez could cost Manchester United £50m if he stays put at the club

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United will have a financial decision to make when Alexis Sanchez returns to the club next month.

The Chilean international will return from what has been a mixed spell at Inter Milan. He has two more years left on his £25m-a-year contract at United.

The 31-year-old is a shadow of the player he was at Arsenal. Paying such a huge figure to someone who has consistently failed to deliver makes no financial sense whatsoever.

Alexis Sanchez will return to Manchester United on August 7
Alexis Sanchez will return to Manchester United on August 7

Sanchez’s refusal to take a pay cut is a major stumbling block to securing a move away. According to the report, he wants to stay in Europe rather than play in China or the Middle East.

Ole Gunnar Solskajer has gone about building a young, dynamic squad full of verve and promise. At no point have the club even looked close to missing the Chilean.

Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have all thrived as the attacking trio. With Jadon Sancho also on the club’s radar, Sanchez will be the most expensive backup.

The Chilean to his credit has enjoyed a good spell of late since Serie A season restarted. He has scored one goal and made five assists in his last six games as Inter look to trump Atalanta and Lazio to second.

The Chilean is a far cry from the player he was at Arsenal
The Chilean is a far cry from the player he was at Arsenal

The player is happy in Italy, with Antonio Conte also keen to keep him. Inter are however reluctant to pay £20m transfer for a player who turns 32 in December and has a poor injury record.

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Another loan deal could prove to be our best bet to get rid of the Chilean. Talks between United and Inter regarding the same have not yet taken place.

The club has come a long way since overpaying for a washed-out attacker. The club’s recent transfer deals show that the lesson has been well and truly learnt.