Inter Milan have no interest in signing Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez on a permanent basis, according to Calciomercato.
The Chile international has been on loan with the San Siro outfit, but has clearly failed to impress Antonio Conte enough to earn himself a permanent contract with them, having had his progress halted by injuries.
With this decision having been reached by the Italian giants, United now have a dilemma of their own on their hands.
They can either look for Ed Woodward to get him out of the club so that they can reinvest the money that will be used on his wages, or alternatively, they can give him another chance to force his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s thinking.
The 31-year-old has only played in 45 games for United since his move from Arsenal in January 2018, and FFC writers have given their verdicts about whether he should be handed the opportunity to add to that number.
“Reintegrating Alexis Sanchez into his squad could be one of the most unpopular decisions Solskjaer makes this summer, but hear me out – it could be a touch of genius.
“The 31-year-old may be one of the biggest flops of the post-Ferguson era but you have to consider the players he had around him at the time. It was Jesse Lingard in the hole and an ageing Juan Mata on the other flank at times. At Arsenal, he had the assist-laden Mesut Ozil as support – the Gunners duo had 18 joint-goal contributions together where they averaged 1.92 points per game, via Transfermarkt.
“Now that the Red Devils have a maestro like Bruno Fernandes on the books, that electric form the Chilean wide man once produced in the capital can be replicated here at Old Trafford. If everything falls into place with a strong preseason, then Solskjaer is onto a major winner.”
“Solskjaer’s decision to bring Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James to Old Trafford last summer was telling about the direction in which he wants to take the club.
“Manchester United need to rebuild for the future and invest in the development of younger, hungrier talents. That vision for the future is simply incompatible with a player in Sanchez who will drain the club of valuable resources and serve to undermine the club’s desire to return to Europe’s top table.
“Earning a staggering £350k-per-week, the Chilean has proven to be one of the biggest transfer misfits in Premier League history, and the Red Devils simply have to remove him from the wage bill to progress into a brighter future.
“Ed Woodward’s being taken for a ride and it’s down to him to get United out of the ghastly hole they’ve dug for themselves.”
“Sanchez has undoubtedly declined over the last few years and there can be no room for a repeat of past mistakes for Manchester United if they want to move forward under Solskjaer.
“The Norweigan is beginning to build a young squad full of energy and pace, particularly in attack with the likes of James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. His targeting of Thomas Lemar also shows his ambition is to increase that aspect of his attack and perhaps make it more similar to Liverpool’s in that sense.
“Bringing Sanchez back into the fold would undermine that. He has shown in his career before that he has a touch of class but has been unable to show that on a consistent basis since leaving Arsenal.
“If he had impressed on loan at Inter this year there could be an argument to hand him another chance, but he has been injured for a lengthy period and only managed one goal in 16 games prior to that. His time is up at Old Trafford and Solskjaer and Woodward must wave goodbye to him.”
“Considering the amount of money Sanchez is on, as well as the youthful direction Solskjaer is looking to take the club in, United should definitely be looking to get rid of Sanchez.
“It is true that experience can be useful to have in a squad, but this needs to be someone that the younger players in the squad that someone can look up to. He may have accolades such as his Copa America victories, but United do not need someone who has managed just two league starts during a failed loan spell.
“The United hierarchy need to be ruthless in their dealings to get the club back among those on the very top table, keeping the 31-year-old around is not going to help achieve that. The thought of him taking opportunities away from someone like Mason Greenwood seems ludicrous.”