It’s time for Manchester United to be creative to get rid of Alexis Sanchez. That means pushing a team into taking him on.
In the NBA, in which teams operate under a salary cap, teams are often stuck with under performing costly assets they no longer want.
Often as part of trade agreements, teams will buy another player’s contract to help with negotiations for the player they do want.
One instance was the LA Lakers sending top pick D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets, but also insisting they take Timofey Mozgov and his excessive contract too. The deal got done.
United are currently struggling to sell Alexis Sanchez. His £390,000 a week salary means teams won’t want to pay a fee, and offer him similar wages.
Buy one get one free
There is interest in Romelu Lukaku, and Paul Pogba, who aren’t on insignificant money themselves.
United should insist any suitor for Lukaku or Pogba take Sanchez and his salary too, to get it off our books. Consider it a buy-one-get-one-free deal.
When it comes to Lukaku and Pogba’s futures, United hold the cards. Teams must pay our demands or walk away.
That’s why potential suitors Juventus, Real Madrid or Inter Milan should clearly be told, if you want one of our top assets, do us a favour by taking Sanchez.
This could be in the form of a loan with his salary covered, or a permanent exit where he can renegotiate terms.
Either way, United have to find a way to get Ed Woodward’s biggest excesses off our books.
The money can start being reinvested and the club’s wage bill can start looking less skewed.
Sanchez showed at the Copa America he can still play a bit. Just not for us.