This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to The Mirror, Alexis Sanchez rejected the chance to join Roma this summer, even despite Manchester United agreeing to pay a large sum of his wages as the exit was sanctioned.
Sanchez moving from Arsenal to Man United was always going to be a fascinating transfer. Very much like Robin van Persie, it was a deal that would send shockwaves through Islington.
However, it hasn’t gone to plan whatsoever with the Chilean severely struggling in the north-west.
Since arriving he’s scored just one Premier League goal, failing to live up to the high standards he set at the Gunners.
Yet, a move to Roma has fallen through after he rejected the chance to join them. The Mirror claim that United were willing to pay a large sum of his £560k-a-week wages after they agreed terms for a loan with an option to buy.
The fact that United are considering paying some of Sanchez’s wages in order for him to leave is almost barbaric and sums up just how wrong they have got things with him and their squad.
In signing players like Sanchez and Paul Pogba, it seemed a mere statement of intent and an attempt to stamp down their authority.
On the face of it, the former should have been someone capable of taking them to the next level, scoring 24 league goals in 2016/17.
United were prepared to pay him big wages but the fact he’s even on the pay packet he is is alarming.
After all, the Red Devils have a number of individuals on high wages which ultimately, underline a deep-rooted issue within the club.
Per Spotrac, there are eight members of their squad on wages of above £150k. The glaring gap between the highest earners and those below them shows the division within the squad and provides evidence of how they’ve fallen.
This is a side who has focused on landing some of the best talents around, proven by acquiring Harry Maguire for £80m.
But in doing big business, it has rather blown open their wage structure, something which is now causing them an issue if they’re willing to pay some of Sanchez’s wages even if he leaves.
Perhaps going forward, they should hand large amounts to those who actually warrant it.