Manchester United Will Not Receive Fee From Inter for Alexis Sanchez

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United will not receive a fee for Sanchez | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Manchester United will not receive a fee for Alexis Sanchez, as the forward closes in on a permanent move to Inter.

Sanchez joined the Serie A outfit on loan last summer, but endured a tough start to life in Italy after a dislocated ankle forced him to miss most of 2019 through injury.

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Sanchez has started to recapture his once irresistible form with Inter | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

However, since returning to action the Chilean has shown flashes of the form that persuaded United to pay through the roof in wages to bring him to Old Trafford in the first place, with three goals and seven assists in Inter’s final 13 league games.

Sanchez’s performances have tempted the Inter hierarchy to make his switch to the San Siro permanent – in a move that originally was reported to involve United receiving a €15m fee.

However, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the two clubs have reached a final agreement for the player and a deal is imminent – but United will not pocket a transfer fee for the player.

The 31-year-old will terminate his contract at Old Trafford and sign a three-year deal with Inter.

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Sanchez severely struggled at Old Trafford | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Although United will not receive a fee, the club will simply be delighted to shift him from the wage bill. By agreeing to terminate his contract, the Red Devils will save over £40m in wages, given the forward had two years remaining on his eye watering deal at Old Trafford.

This will enable the club to free up the wage bill and potentially leave them in a stronger financial position to land long-term target Jadon Sancho.

United and Dortmund are edging closer to agreeing a fee for the England international in what would be the blockbuster deal of the summer.

Sanchez’s move will bring an end to a miserable two and a half years at Old Trafford, where the forward scored just three goals in in 32 appearances for the club.

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Kia Giveaway: Charge Up for Your Team for a Chance to Win Exclusive UEFA Europa League Prizes!

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For the return of the UEFA Europa League, Kia is giving fans the chance to win some exciting prizes, including a very special matchday experience with the opportunity to represent their team ahead of the final.

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Inter Closing on Permanent Alexis Sanchez Move – Fee ‘Agreed’ With Man Utd

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Alexis Sanchez looks set to stay at Inter this summer | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Inter are closing on the permanent signing of Alexis Sanchez, amid reports that an agreement has been reached with Manchester United over a €15m transfer.

Sanchez joined I Nerazzurri on loan last summer, but was sidelined for much of 2019 after dislocating his ankle. Since returning to action, the Chilean has burst back into life – showing glimpses of his old form – and has directly contributed to ten goals in Inter’s final 13 Serie A games of the season, the majority of those coming post-lockdown.

He looks to have won the favour of Inter’s hierarchy as a result, and Football Italia have relayed newspaper reports which claim a permanent deal for the 31-year-old is on the verge of completion.

The news would appear to be accurate when you take into account Inter’s Europa League squad submission for the remainder of the 2019/20 competition. Sanchez has been included, indicating that he will be staying on in the fashion capital of the world, rather than returning to the red half of Manchester.

Recouping €15m (£13.5m) from Sanchez might once have seemed like a pipe dream for United – as the player had become a virtual drain on resources at Old Trafford – but it appears that his resurgence may have persuaded the Italian giants to dig into their pockets.

His enormous salary, thought to be close to £300,000 per week, was a stumbling point in negotiations, but Sanchez is said to have agreed on a three-year deal that will spread his €15m annual takings over the course of the contract.

That essentially means the Chilean will take a wage cut of around two thirds to make the deal happen, suggesting he is keen to cut all ties with United and start afresh in Milan.

United will be similarly happy to see the back of a player who has never really performed after his arrival from Arsenal, as part of an ill-fated swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Gunners. Freeing up his wages may stand the club in better financial stead to secure a deal for Jadon Sancho, as they remain in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the England star.

Sanchez’s deal could be announced as soon as Wednesday, following Inter’s Europa League round of 16 tie with Getafe. His future is not thought to be tied to that of Antonio Conte, who is reported to be on borrowed time after recent controversial comments about Inter president Steven Zhang.

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Antonio Conte Tipped to Leave Inter With Massimiliano Allegri in ‘Pole Position’

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Conte is under pressure from the Inter board | Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Reports in Italy suggest Inter are likely to part ways with Antonio Conte this summer, with former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri lined up as a potential replacement.

Conte’s Inter finished the Serie A season with a 2-0 win over Atalanta, ending the campaign just a point behind champions Juve.

The standings fail to tell the full story, however: their title chances had realistically collapsed before lockdown, and they sat seven points behind Juve a week ago, at the point Maurizio Sarri’s team secured the league for a ninth straight season.

Since arriving in the summer, Conte has spent more than £170m on new signings, but has nonetheless been openly critical of the Inter board. CEO Beppe Marotta was forced to publicly distance himself from Conte’s comments in the wake of the Atalanta win, which took aim at president Steven Zhang, claiming that he had been given ‘no protection’ from those above him.

These claims look to have crossed a line with the Inter hierarchy, and Sky Italia report that unless something ‘changes sensationally’, Inter will move in another direction this summer.

Allegri, who has been out of work for more than a year, is said to be in ‘pole position’, as Zhang looks for a new manager to implement his vision for the club.

Speaking to Sky Italia following the Atalanta win, Conte said: “Neither my work nor the players’ work was acknowledged, I found little protection from the club when making comparisons. If you want to reduce the gap with Juventus you have to be strong on the pitch but above all off it.

“We will have to talk to the president who is in China now. I don’t like people jumping on the bandwagon now, we have to be there for the good times and bad and this has not happened at Inter. I understand that, if you are weak, it is hard to protect your team and coach.”

Pretty remarkable stuff from a guy who’s signed Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen, Nicolo Barella, Diego Godin and Alexis Sanchez all in the last year, but each to their own.

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Inter vs Getafe Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

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Inter players celebrating their group stage win over Ludogrets. | NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/Getty Images

Inter and Getafe head to Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday night in a winner-takes-all round of 16 Europa League tie.

The one-legged affair will take place at Schalke’s Veltins Arena, with the winner going on to face either Rangers or Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter finals.

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Schalke’s Veltins Arena will host the two sides on Wednesday night. | Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Inter, who are one of the favourites to win the tournament, are coming off an impressive 2-0 victory away at high-flying Atalanta as their Serie A campaign drew to a close. Antonio Conte’s side secured second place, with just one point separating them from champions Juventus.

Getafe ended their La Liga campaign with a 1-0 loss away to Levante, sealing an eighth place finish. The Azulones have been largely unimpressive domestically since their return to action, recording just one win in 11 matches.

When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 5 August
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Veltins Arena
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US)

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Dynamic midfielder Stefano Sensi has resumed full training. | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

After a string of injuries hampered his playing time toward the end of the regular season, midfielder Stefano Sensi is targeting a return to the first team on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old has returned to full training following a muscular injury and is believed to be available for selection.

For Getafe, centre back Erick Cabaco is unavailable as he’s not registered to play in the competition. Stoke loanee Oghenekaro Etebo is recovering from a muscle injury and is unlikely to feature.

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Etebo is recovering from an injury | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Inter: Handanovic; De Vrij, Bastoni, Godin; Candreva, Eriksen, Brozovic, Young; Sanchez, Lukaku, Martinez.

Getafe: Soria; Damian Suarez, Djene, Timor, Olivera; Nyom, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Cucurella; Mata, Molina.

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Conte narrowly missed out on the Scudetto. | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Despite missing out on the Scudetto in Conte’s debut season, Inter can look back on their domestic form with pride. The Nerazzurri have won three of their last five matches and head into Wednesday’s tie riding a three match winning streak. Conte’s side have also been defensively sound of recent, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five fixtures.

On the other hand, Getafe are suffering through a dismal run of form. The Azulones reached the dizzying heights of third in La Liga before taking their foot off the gas and dropping down into eighth. Getafe’s last win came at the end of June, beating Real Sociedad 2-1, but since then Jose Bordalas’ side have registered just one goal in six matches.

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Jose Bordalas’ side have ended their domestic campaign horribly. | GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images

Here’s how the two sides have fared in their last five outings.

Inter

Atalanta 0-2 Inter (1/8)
Inter 2-0 Napoli (28/7)
Genoa 0-3 Inter (25/7)
Inter 0-0 Fiorentina (22/7)
Roma 2-2 Inter (19/7)

Getafe

Levante 1-0 Getafe (19/7)
Getafe 0-2 Atletico Madrid (16/7)
Alaves 0-0 Getafe (13/7)
Getafe 1-3 Villarreal (8/7)
Osasuna 0-0 Getafe (5/7)

With Getafe’s lack of scoring threat and Inter’s impenetrable defence of late, it’ll likely be a long night for the Azulones. Expect the Serie A side to secure safe passage through to the next round.

Prediction: Inter 3-0 Getafe

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