Exclusive – Manchester United agreed to a hefty pay-off so as to encourage Alexis Sánchez to leave the club and be a part of Inter on a everlasting foundation.
Inter govt Giuseppe Marotta confirmed on Wednesday that a deal has been agreed to keep Sánchez at San Siro, with an official announcement coming on Thursday.
While Inter have long been eager on holding the Chilean, the monetary side of issues made discussions more durable than they had hoped. Antonio Conte’s side refused to pay Sánchez‘s bumper wage, which sits at simply over £390,000-a-week.
United subsidised a large half of the forward’s wage to persuade Inter to sign him on loan this past season, and a source has confirmed to 90min that the Red Devils have also had to pay a vital quantity simply to get him off the books early.
With two years left to run on Sánchez’s contract at Old Trafford, he stood to take home over £40m and would probably have spent most of his time on the bench. And with United planning for a busy summer season which already has them locked in negotiations over an English-record transfer for Borussia Dortmund‘s Jadon Sancho, holding Sánchez was merely not an choice.
The contract which Inter supplied Sánchez falls nicely quick of his deal with United, which is why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have handed the 31-year-old a hefty sum to persuade him to agree to the phrases.
Inter’s quest to persuade Sánchez to be a part of was also helped by the actual fact they have supplied a three-year deal, one year longer than he had on his contract with United.
A source close to the scenario said: “The figure is a big one, but is still saves United money in the long-run and as a club they are just happy to bring the Sanchez chapter to an end.”
Speaking to BT Sport after his side’s 2-1 win over LASK, Solskjaer confirmed the exit on United’s side and wished Sánchez nicely for the longer term.
“We’ll announce it [on Thursday], so I can confirm that he’s agreed and we’ve agreed,” he said. “Alexis enjoyed his time there. They’ve liked him so of course that’s a good move for him.
“Wish him all the best. He’s a top player that we want to see play his best football. For whatever reason, we didn’t see the best of Alexis but he’s a top professional and we just wish him all the best.”