Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United has left everybody dissatisfied.
His performances have been largely sub-par and he is claimed by The Times to be unhappy at Old Trafford.
Now as he reportedly seeks an exit, United have an extra reason to cash in.
David De Gea’s contract talks are said to be held up by his demands for a new contract to match Sanchez, report The Telegraph.
The Chilean earns a reported £350,000 per week and is by far the club’s top earner.
When United agreed to pay Sanchez these wages, there was always a danger that the club’s other star players would demand equal pay or close to it.
This is now manifesting itself with De Gea’s reported demands.
United already have the league’s highest wage bill.
The quickest solution is for United to sell Sanchez in January, and grant him his exit.
This will cut United’s wage bill, and take their highest earner off the table.
It could also then help with De Gea’s negotiations, and lead to United paying him a more sensible amount.
Despite the occasional flashes of talent, United won’t miss Sanchez on the pitch.
Selling him after just one year makes a lot of sense.