Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of former Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez on a free transfer until the summer of 2023.
The announcement set in stone the confirmation of the deal from Inter CEO Beppe Marotta on Wednesday evening.
What’s more, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also confirmed the transfer after his side’s Europa League win over LASK.
Chile international Sanchez moved to Inter last summer on loan and had a troubled start to life in Italy.
After a strong start, an ankle injury plagued his progress. However, the 31-year-old has been in inspired form since the coronavirus lockdown, scoring three goals and assisting seven others in 13 Serie A games.
Sanchez came on in the second half of Inter’s 2-0 Europa League win over Getafe on Wednesday. The result means a reunion with his former side remains a prospect, if both teams reach the final.
Speaking after that win, Inter boss Antonio Conte praised his side for making the deal work.
CONTE PRAISES SANCHEZ DEAL
“I think the Sanchez transfer is a very good move by the club,” he told Sky Italia (via the Manchester Evening News). “Considering the conditions in which we managed to get Alexis, it was a really good transfer.
“The club deserve credit because he came at the worst moment of his career. He arrived after two difficult years when he was really struggling at United and then got injured with us.
“We took the time to get him back on track, so it is only right for Inter to enjoy it and reap the rewards of that effort.”
A United statement on their website said: “Everyone at Manchester United wishes Alexis Sanchez all the best in his future career as he joins Inter Milan on a permanent transfer.”
Sanchez had two years left on his United deal before the permanent move to Inter.
According to BBC Sport, the winger was owed £40million in wages, meaning the extra year from Inter a pay-off from United and a pay cut have sealed the deal.
Inter’s next game will see them take on either Rangers or Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League quarter-finals.