Manchester United cannot allow Alexis Sanchez to leave on loan amid Roma links

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According to The Telegraph, AS Roma have held talks with Manchester United over a possible loan swoop for Alexis Sanchez this summer.

What’s the word?

Despite the transfer window closing in the Premier League last Thursday, the deadline in other major European leagues remains open for the next few weeks.

The Telegraph claim Italian giants Roma have been “given the opportunity” to take Sanchez on a season-long loan but that it remains to be seen whether the Chile international would be open to such a move.

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The report adds any loan deal would likely involve United having to subsidise a large portion of the 30-year-old’s huge wages.

Too late to leave

Following Romelu Lukaku’s long-awaited move to Inter on deadline day, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only has Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Alexis Sanchez as his options upfront.

None of the four could be classified as out-and-out goalscorers, and United’s failure to sign a late replacement for Lukaku means Solskjaer simply cannot afford to lose Sanchez too.

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For all of the criticism the Chilean has received, he still remains a player who on his day can be a game-changer for the side. Sanchez represents an experienced option amongst Solskjaer’s current strikers and that can be crucial over the course of a season, with the Norwegian already backing his player this week.

Solskjaer’s trust in his young forwards is admirable, but losing both Lukaku and then Sanchez in the same window would rob United of two proven Premier League goalscorers.

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