After a frustrating and injury affected first few months in Italy, Alexis Sanchez’s loan spell at Inter Milan has burst into life.
The lockdown has appeared to have done the Chilean some good. Like Paul Pogba, the break has given him a little extra time to get over his injuries.
While he began the restart on Inter’s bench, Sanchez has finally established himself as part of the first XI.
Sanchez now has five assists since Serie A restarted last month, in seven games. Just four of these matches have been starts, and he also has a goal to his name.
Prior to the lockdown, Sanchez had just one assist and one goal all season. Now he has two goals and six assists. That looks a lot healthier.
Against Torino on Tuesday night, Sanchez had a stormer. He created as many as 10 chances in one game as Inter won 3-1.
Positive news for United
Sanchez giving a new lease of life to his career is perfectly timed for Manchester United.
The way it was going, Sanchez was likely head back to United this summer like an unwanted gift.
Now there is an increased chance that Inter will decide to try and buy him permanently. And if they don’t, somebody will be willing to take a chance on him.
The worry is with Alexis, that another injury is around the corner.
That is why United should not be fooled into thinking he has any sort of future at Old Trafford, and we should look to cash in while we can.
Figures already being worked on
FC Inter News report Sanchez is keen to stay at the San Siro, and so he should be, after finally recapturing the form which United hoped he would find at Old Trafford.
While his high wages are a potential sticking point, the report says Inter plan to spread them out over a three year deal, which is a pretty good contract length for the 31-year-old, who at times during his United spell looked close to being finished as a top level player.
United are said to prefer a fee of close to 20 million Euros, but Inter are hopeful a deal will be done at around half that fee.
Even if United have to compromise and accept around £10 million, it will be a win to get Sanchez’s wages off our books, even if he left on a free transfer.
To draw a line under the saga and get a fee back, whatever it is, would be welcome.
The way he is playing right now, United can probably feel confident enough to push Inter as far as possible.
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