Inter Sporting Director Provides Updates on Futures of Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young & Ivan Perisic

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Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has provided updates on the futures of three of the club’s loan stars – Ashley Young, Alexis Sanchez and Ivan Perisic.

Issues regarding the contracts of players across the continent have been prevalent since COVID-19 brought football to a standstill, as clubs were left unsure over how, and if, certain deals could be extended.

Those deals involved players whose contracts will expire in the summer, as well as those out on loan in some capacity.

It appears as if Inter have made inroads in regards to three of their players involved in such instances, after Ausilio spoke to Sky Sport Italia to discuss how the club would deal with Sanchez, Young and Perisic.

Having flopped rather catastrophically since joining Manchester United, the Red Devils managed to find a taker for the misfiring Sanchez last summer.

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Inter decided to take the Chilean on loan for the entire 2019/20 season, a deal that did not include an option to buy upon its completion, but saw the Italian side pay £6m worth of his wages. Injuries and a lack of form meant he struggled to nail down a starting berth at San Siro, making just 15 outings across all competitions and netting only one goal.

That hasn’t deterred Inter from keeping him, as Ausilio confirmed Sanchez would remain in Milan for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign.

“Alexis Sanchez will stay until the end of the season,” he said. “Then we’ll decide about his future with Manchester United. Now he’ll have the opportunity to show his skill.”

With Serie A set to resume on 20 June, Sanchez could have a vital part to play in Antonio Conte’s side as they aim to wrestle the title away from Juventus, who currently sit top of the table.

In regard to players currently plying their trade away from the club, Perisic’s name has been mentioned on a number occasions with it not known whether Bayern would exercise the option to make his loan stint in Bavaria permanent.

He’s currently on a season-long loan at the Bundesliga side, but his move over to Germany did include an option to buy upon the deal’s completion.

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Ivan Perisic – Bayern Munich | TF-Images/Getty Images

In total he’s appeared 25 times for the club since, scoring five times, and is one of two forwards the club have brought in on loan this term. Philippe Coutinho is also at the Allianz Arena, but the substantial fee it would take to make his loan move a permanent one has seen Die Roten back off.

Instead, Ausilio has confirmed the strong relationship between Bayern and Inter has come into effect, with the pair to discuss the terms of signing Perisic beyond the season in the coming weeks.

Ausilio said: “We’ve a gentlemen agreement with Bayern Münich for Ivan Perisic, our relationship with them is so good so we can negotiate about his buy-back clause on next weeks.”

Perisic looks set to claim a league title in his third stint in German football, with Bayern sitting pretty at the Bundesliga summit, boasting a seven-point lead over their nearest rivals.

Another player who Conte has benefited from having on loan this season alongside Sanchez is Young, who has enjoyed something of a renaissance since making his first delve into Serie A.

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His initial deal from United was a six-month loan move signed in January for a fee of roughly £1.3m, but that included an option to extend that loan by another 12 months at the end of the campaign.

Young has been in and out of the side since joining, but made an impressive start to life by assisting Lautaro Martínez in a 1–1 draw against Cagliari.

He’s clearly impressed Conte enough, as Ausilio insisted ‘he’ll stay here for sure’.

There was no word on fellow loanee Victor Moses, who joined from Chelsea on an initial six-month loan with an option to buy, but progress has been made in three departments already – being of aid to Inter but also to both Bayern and United.

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