Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has reportedly told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he may have to include Alexis Sanchez in his plans for next season. The Chile international was loaned out to Inter Milan during last summer’s transfer window. But he’s struggled for form over in Italy and could now be set to return to Old Trafford.
Manchester United signed Sanchez from Arsenal in January 2018 with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction.
Both Woodward and Jose Mourinho were convinced they’d struck gold and would be signing a player capable of taking the club to greater heights.
However, Sanchez scored just four goals for Mourinho before the Tottenham manager was sacked in December 2018.
And he found the net just once under Solskjaer, which convinced the Norwegian to offload him on loan for this season.
Sanchez’s struggles have continued in Serie A, though, with the 31-year-old finding the net just once for Inter so far.
And ESPN say that United chief Woodward has told Solskjaer he may have to find a place for the Chilean in his squad for next season.
Man Utd chief Ed Woodward has talked about Alexis Sanchez with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Red Devils will try to offload the forward when the transfer window reopens - but that will be easier said than done.
Sanchez is unwilling to take a pay cut with the Chilean their highest-earner on wages of close to £400,000-a-week.
And it appears Solskjaer may have no choice but to find a role for the former Arsenal and Barcelona star in his side next season.
Sanchez may find minutes tough to come by next season, though.
United’s attack has done well this season without the veteran, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both stepping up in his absence.
Daniel James has also impressed following his arrival from Swansea in the summer.
And Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo have also been among the goals, managing a combined 16 between them.
Meanwhile, Sanchez’s struggles have reportedly prompted United to be wary when it comes to possibly signing Antoine Griezmann.
Transfer expert Ian McGarry said: "The one thing that both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although he wasn't in charge at the time when Alexis Sanchez was signed, and Manchester United will be looking at is once bitten twice shy, 'we don't want to get to the point where we're putting a player on big wages like we did with Sanchez only to find out he doesn't settle, he's not happy and he we end up with a player who simply doesn't perform to his potential'.
"So my advice to Ed Woodward would be to just have a check with Antoine about his dog situation now and ensure that he's got plenty of space to walk his dogs if indeed he has any and you'll avoid yourself any further potential upset with regards to the player's wellbeing, both mentally and socially."
Meanwhile, McGarry's colleague Duncan Castles reckons United could get Griezmann on the cheap because Barcelona have made it clear they want to sell.
"You have to find another club who is prepared to take him," Castles said.
"Everyone knows that Barcelona are in difficult financial situations.
"Everyone knows that the dressing room didn't want Griezmann to come in the first place and want him out now and that Barcelona are looking for a replacement.
"So all of those things reduce his value and that's why I think you will see a club like Manchester United, who tried to sign Griezmann in the past and value him as a player, value him as a commercial asset as well.
"That's part of their thinking in trying to sign him two years ago, say: 'Well let's just have a look at this and see if there is a serious bargain to be had'."
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