Alexis Sanchez and Inter Milan are becoming “increasingly distant” and the Serie A side have no intention of signing the Man Utd flop, claims a report.
Italian outlet Calciomercato report that the permanent signing of Sanchez “is not a priority for the Nerazzurri”. In fact the source claims Inter will not pursue a permanent move for the Chile attacker.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has only featured in 493 minutes of competitive football for the club so far his season, netting just one goal for the Serie A side.
Sanchez arrived on a season-long loan last summer in a deal that does not include an option to make the move a permanent one , and at the moment that suits Inter down to the ground.
A foot injury and inconsistent performances though have apparently left Antonio Conte cold, despite Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta saying in November that Sanchez was “a quality player”.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Sanchez would return to the club in the summer – a claim the source say is a “lie”.
Speaking about the transfer window last month, Solskjaer said: “The clubs don’t want to lose their best players and Alexis [Sanchez] will come back in the summer and prove you all wrong.”
Calciomercato though brand that statement untrue: “While his return to England seems likely, the Norwegian coach’s lie was about the future prospects of the Chilean.”
They explain Solskjaer’s comments by suggestion the United boss is desperate to keep the value of Sanchez intact, as they know Inter have made no plans to sign the 31-year-old permanently.
The outlet concludes “only a shock resurrection or a large discount could change the scenario for the coming year” with Inter set to make a definitive decision on Sanchez in late April.
The report from Italy claims that Paolo Maldini would try for a loan deal, a proposal which may well interest United as they look to get his £500k-a-week salary off their wage bill.