Alexis Sanchez is to have his Inter medical tomorrow before joining on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
According to multiple sources including The Sun, the Chilean international has agreed on a move to Italy, and have his medical tomorrow.
It is understood, the deal is a season-long loan agreement, where United will still pay half of the player’s wages for the term of the loan.
After the loan agreement, Inter will have the option to buy the player at a predetermined price of 14 million Euros.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been quite convincing in his press conferences that Sanchez has a future at United and he expects him to score goals this season.
He has said:
“Alexis is such a pro and he comes in working every single day really hard and wants to be a part of this.
“It’s these stories that he’s been put in the reserves – of course, he hasn’t.”
“He’s had three weeks now, he’s a few weeks behind the rest but close to being ready.”
“We don’t have the biggest forward line in numbers, so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you expect.”
“We expect him to come good at this club, he’s quality.”
The truth is Sanchez has managed only five goals during his 45 appearances for United so far. His pay packet alone has been rumoured to have caused disharmony within the ranks at United.
Lukaku and Sanchez were strong allies in the United dressing room. There has been talk of exchanging texts on a daily basis.
It is understood, that former teammate Romelu Lukaku has been instrumental in convincing Sanchez to swap Manchester for Milan.
Lukaku has apparently also convinced Antonio Conte that the Chilean is the missing piece to his 3-5-2 formation puzzle.
Sanchez’s only demand was he was given the number 7 shirt. Which just so happens to be vacant at Inter, after its previous occupant Yann Karamoh recently went out on loan to Parma.
United would be rather thin on the ground for attacking options if this one does happen. But the powers that be may pull rank on Solskjaer and let this wayward experiment leave.