The CEO of Inter Milan admits they are weighing up all their options to extend Alexis Sanchez’s stay from Manchester United.
Sanchez has got his career back on track during a season long loan in Italy. An injury suffered in October threatened to ruin the Chilean’s time at San Siro, but he has managed to make 27 appearances in all competitions.
Nearly half of those have come from the bench, but Sanchez has still done relatively well under Antonio Conte. However, Inter are facing a stumbling block if they want to keep Sanchez – even for the rest of this season.
With United and Inter both still in the Europa League, the Premier League side have so far blocked their Serie A counterparts from using Sanchez in that competition – as they also have with Chris Smalling at Roma.
However, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta still wants to explore all the options to keep Sanchez.
“It’s not easy, he has a two-year contract with Manchester United, so we have to evaluate the situation,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia before Inter’s win over Napoli.
“It’d be a shame if we couldn’t reach an agreement, because we want Sanchez today and tomorrow.”
MAROTTA QUIZZED ON TONALI FUTURE
Marotta also revealed Inter’s stance on any potential interest in Sandro Tonali. The midfield starlet recently suffered relegation to Serie B with Brescia.
Tonali has impressed in his first season in Serie A, though, so is likely to have a range of suitors. The 20-year-old could stay in Italy or move abroad, potentially to the Premier League.
Manchester United themselves are said to be watching on. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to strengthen his midfield, although earlier reports suggested a different Serie A player is his top target for the role.
But if the Red Devils move for Tonali, Inter will not pose a threat to their bid. The Nerazzurri had been tipped to make a bid, but Marotta says no negotiations have taken place.
Marotta revealed: “We have a very good rapport with [Brescia] President Massimo Cellino, but have never discussed this talent.
“Many big clubs are naturally interested in Tonali, as are we, but that’s a long way from saying we’re in negotiations.”