Alexis Sanchez is set to return to Manchester United this week as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly blocked Inter Milan’s efforts to extend the Chilean’s loan deal until the end of the season.
United have no plans to keep Sanchez beyond this summer and they want his extortionate wages off the bill.
Inter do not want to make the current loan agreement permanent but are willing to cover some of the attacker’s salary for the next two months.
With 10 Serie A matches remaining, Inter do not want their squad to get any thinner.
But United see the Italian giants as their biggest threat in the Europa League, which is set to resume in August.
The Sun claim the Red Devils will not let Sanchez remain at the San Siro and he will return to Old Trafford when his loan expires this week.
Inter chief Beppe Marrotta had hoped to keep Sanchez, and Chelsea loanee Victor Moses, beyond this month.
“This is a great regulatory anomaly that needs to be resolved because we are still dealing with Chelsea and Manchester United today to try to extend their loans,” he recently said.
“It is not a beautiful thing. We are also dealing with Bayern Munich over Ivan Perisic.”
United sit sixth in the Premier League table, three points behind fifth-placed Wolves, who occupy the final Champions League spot (if Manchester City’s European ban is upheld, other only the top four qualify).
A more realistic way for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to gain entry into the Champions League may be by winning the Europa League.
A condensed mini-tournament will take place in August and the Red Devils have one foot in the quarter-finals as they lead Austrian outfit LASK 5-0 heading into the second leg of their last-16 tie.
Looking at the long-term plan, Solskjaer will likely make Sanchez train away from the first team.
Sanchez has flopped since moving to United in January 2018 and many supporters feel his wages have been a waste of money.
However, United legend Roy Keane has hit out at critics who bring up the 31-year-old’s pay-packet.
“I don’t know why anyone would ever be worried at what players are getting. The first thing you mention to me is his wages. What’s his wages got to do with me and you?” Keane told the Irish Independent.
“Other people are overpaid. In the media. Actors have a bad movie and they make 20 million dollars but I don’t hear people criticise them. ‘Oh, but they made a good one two years ago.’
“The bottom line is the club gave him the wages; the club agreed the contract and a contract is there to be honoured. He’s having a difficult spell.
“A lot of players will have difficult spells. But I certainly wouldn’t look at a player who is on X amount and get angry.”
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