Manchester: Inter Milan should discover today if they can sign Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United. The Italian club are submitting a loan offer with an option to buy the forward at the end of the campaign for 15 million euros.
Talks were expected to take place on Thursday. However, United are balking at Inter’s desire to cover only half of Sanchez’s wages of 391,000 pounds a week. There is also an additional payment of 75,000 pounds for every first-team game that he plays.
The deal is further complicated by the nature of Sanchez’s United deal, with bonuses for goals and assists and an annual signing-on fee of 1.1 million pounds taking the value of the contract up to 5 million pounds a year.
United are hoping to persuade Inter to pay a far greater portion of his wages and also a larger guaranteed loan fee which will be deducted should a permanent contract be agreed.
There is also a debate at United as to whether they can afford to let the 30-year-old Chilean go having sold Romelu Lukaku, also to Inter, as this might leave them short of forwards. There is huge faith in 17-year-old Mason Greenwood but he lacks top-level experience.
Sanchez, along with a number of other senior players, is understood to have played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Sheffield United on Tuesday as he works his way back to fitness.
After Monday’s 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Sanchez not in the squad, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the player’s future and said: “Some clubs have shown interest in Alexis.”
Meanwhile, Wales manager and United legend Ryan Giggs says Daniel James is no cheat and must be better protected from rough treatment in the Premier League.
The winger scored against Chelsea on his competitive United debut but was booked for diving against Wolves on Monday. James received a yellow card following a tussle with Joao Moutinho and was then a target for abuse from Wolves fans.
Giggs, who named James in his Wales squad for the must-win Euro 2020 qualifier with Azerbaijan and the friendly against Belarus next month, said: “Dan gets kicked a lot. With the speed he’s going at it can look worse. He gets a lot of stick and referees need to protect him.”