Alexis Sanchez appears to be closing in on a move to leave Manchester United this summer, according to a report by Gianluca Di Marzio.
The reputable journalist has claimed on his website that the Chile international forward could undergo a medical with Inter Milan imminently – with it being believed he could have one as early as Tuesday.
The 30-year-old is thought to have had other offers on the table but has chosen to join the San Siro outfit and it is stated that Sanchez’s agent is talking to the Red Devils about the finer details of the deal.
Things appear to be moving pretty swiftly for Sanchez, although that is, perhaps, to be expected. Fabrizio Romano had revealed last week that the 30-year-old had already accepted the proposal put to him by Inter Milan and that the player’s agents were in England trying to work a deal with Manchester United that would allow him to leave Old Trafford.
His mammoth £560,000-a-week wages (Daily Mail) do not appear to have put the Serie A outfit off, although Gianluca Di Marzio did reveal that the Red Devils would be subsidising some of the cost in order to make a move happen.
Indeed, it would be tough to argue against them as well as Sanchez has really struggled to be the player that many would have been expecting him to be when he arrived from Arsenal.
Having seen him bag 80 goals in his 166 appearances for the Gunners, many would have likely been expecting the same kind of return at Old Trafford. However, he has managed a rather poor five goals in his 45 outings to date for the Red Devils (Transfermarkt).
Whether a return to Italy will help the Chilean remains to be seen, although his previous record in the country is rather solid. During his time at Udinese, Sanchez managed to score 21 goals in 112 appearances and put in some consistent performances.
According to data by WhoScored, he managed to average 1.8 shots, 2.2 key passes and 2.2 dribbles in the 2009/10 campaign before going on to average 2.3 shots, 1.6 key passes and 3 completed dribbles per 90 minutes in the following season.
However, whether it is a good idea to allow him to leave Manchester United this season is something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club’s hierarchy may want to think about.
Following the departure of Romelu Lukaku (with who Sanchez could be set to reunite with almost immediately), the Red Devils only have Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood as their recognised centre-forwards (Transfermarkt).
It would appear as though Sanchez’s torrid time at Old Trafford is about to come to an end, though whether it is right for Manchester United to let him go following the closure of the English transfer window remains to be seen.
It is quite obvious things have not turned out as expected, but leaving the club with just two very young forwards until January might not be an ideal situation for Solskjaer and his side as they look to compete at the top of the Premier League table.
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