One of the costliest and most pointless “free” transfers in Manchester United’s history is finally on the verge of being undone (kind of). Alexis Sánchez is on his way to Internazionale after the Serie A club agreed terms on a loan deal with Manchester United. The Chilean forward has been linked to Inter for several weeks now, and is now expected to join former teammate Romelu Lukaku, who joined the Milan club on a permanent transfer earlier this month.
Somewhat surprisingly, the terms of the deal do not include an option to buy. Less surprising is the fact that United will still be paying around 40% of Sánchez’s absurd wages — essentially paying the better part of ten million pounds just so that they can be rid of their worst ever signing for a year. According to ESPN:
United have agreed to loan Sanchez for 10 months while contributing around £6 million of his £391,000-a-week salary. Inter are set to pay £9.46m of the 30-year-old’s wages plus a loan fee to United. The deal does not include an option to buy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had hinted at the start of the season that Sánchez would still have a part to play in what is now a very young attacking corp, but he quickly backtracked on those statements last week, saying that the Chilean could leave if the right terms could be reached. That now appears to be the case.
Sánchez was captured on video as he arrived in Milan for his medical, and the deal is expected to be officially announced soon.