Alexis Sanchez is facing an uncertain future as neither Manchester United or Inter Milan want him, according to reports.
Sanchez has spent the season on loan at Inter, but has failed to impress in Italy after becoming one of the costliest transfer flops in United’s history.
The Chilean forward has scored just one goal in 16 games for the Nerazzurri, having netted five in 45 appearances for the Red Devils prior to his loan move last summer.
That means he has scored just six goals in 61 club games since switching from Arsenal in January 2018 to become United’s highest-paid player.
And when he returns to Manchester this summer, he could find himself training with United’s youngsters, according to a report from The Sun.
The report says Inter will not take up the option of signing Sanchez permanently – and states that the Red Devils may even end up paying the 31-year-old to walk away from the club, as he still has two years left to run on his mammoth £500,000-per week contract.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not want any disruption to his squad, who were on an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And considering the financial hit clubs across the world are taking due to the outbreak of the deadly virus, it will be tough to find a club prepared to match Sanchez’s whopping wages.
However, Sanchez’s national team manager Reinaldo Rueda has faith in his player, and has backed him to rediscover his best form after an ankle injury suffered on international duty kept him out of action from October to January this season.
“It has been a traumatic, very tortuous year for him, ever since his departure from Arsenal and his first year at Manchester United,” the Chile boss told Sport.
“He came to the Copa America in Brazil and then had that bad luck with the injury in the friendly against Colombia in Alicante.
“That loan to Inter was almost thwarted and when he recovered the pandemic came.
“I expect all this to pass quickly because he’s a great professional, has a great attitude in training and will maintain a high standing for any club that gives him a chance.
“He’s got a lot of football yet to show at the top level.”