Monday, August 10, 2020

Alexis Sanchez United exit the best for everybody involved

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Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United in the January of 2018 in exchange for Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan. For some at the time, the deal made some sort of sense. However, Sanchez’s time in Manchester has turned into a nightmare for everybody, including United’s accountants.

Reportedly Sanchez’s United nightmare spell could be coming to an end, as the Chilean’s representatives are in talks with Italian giants Inter over an initial loan move. The deal could involve the Nerazzurri having the option to sign the forward on a permanent basis for a fee of £15.5m next summer.

A financial disastrous for the Red Devils

When Sanchez joined United many questioned the Red Devils wisdom in handing the forward a contract worth a reported £350,000 per-week. However, some said that the lack of transfer negated his massive wage.

To put Sanchez’s wages into perspective, he is the highest-earning player in the Premier League. Apart from a few decent seasons for Arsenal, he has done very little to earn that sort of money. It is a crazy amount of money, and for that, you would at least expect a player that is a star player or one of the best in the league. However, Sanchez was on the wane when he arrived in Manchester.

For the last 18 months of his Arsenal career, he spent more time sulking than starring. Maybe United believed that Sanchez could rediscover his hunger at Old Trafford. He has not and the Red Devils are stuck with a financial disaster. Even if Sanchez leaves on loan to Inter, United will still be paying a large chunk of his wages.

A move may revive Sanchez’s football career

Although United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed Sanchez wants to stay, it unlikely that his future lies in Manchester. At 30, he seems to be burnout after constant football for the last half a decade.

When at his best for Arsenal he was enthusiastic and full of energy.  However, at United, he looks like he has an empty battery and has very little left to give to the game that has given him such a comfortable living.

It seems highly unlikely that the Chilean will force his way into the Manchester United team ahead of the likes of Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial. Solskjaer is looking to build a young, vibrant and exciting team.

Sanchez in his prime may have fitted into that sort of ideology. Unfortunately, he no longer does. It seems if he has any chance or even wants to save his career he needs to move to new surroundings, which may provide him with fresh motivation. However, that is what some thought when he moved to United.

Inter outsiders for the Serie A title

Sanchez’s prospective new club Inter are outsiders for the Scudetto at odds of 7/1 next season. Despite the appointment of Antonio Conte as boss and the arrival of Romelu Lukaku, the Nerazzurri are still considered to be someway behind perennial Italian champions Juventus.

Whether signing Sanchez would benefit their title hopes depends on how the Chilean reacted after the move. He has shone in Serie A before with Udinese. However, that was a long ago when he was just starting out.

The current situation certainly does not suit Manchester United, as they are paying a fortune for a player that is unlikely to ever play regular first-team football for them again. Who knows if it suits Sanchez, barely featuring and picking up his massive wages. When he was at Arsenal, he always seemed so desperate to win on the pitch.

A switch to Inter looks like best footballing option Sanchez is likely to come across in the near future. His representatives have to snatch it with both hands if that is that he still has the motivation to save his career of course.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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