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Inter Milan hopeful of signing forward Alexis Sanchez on loan

Inter Milan hopeful of signing forward Alexis Sanchez on loan

Inter Milan hopeful of signing forward Alexis Sanchez on loan, Talks between the two clubs are continuing over a season-long loan, which will cost the Serie A club just under £11m, according to Sky in Italy.

The 30-year-old joined United from Arsenal in January 2018 as part of a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan but has only scored three Premier League goals in 32 appearances since leaving north London.

Sanchez has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford all summer as he does not look to be instrumental in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for the season.

However, United striker Anthony Martial sustained a thigh injury in the 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace which will be further assessed on Tuesday, but Inter remain hopeful this will not jeopardise the deal.

The Chilean, who has 130 caps for his country, impressed during the summer in the Copa America as Chile reached the semi-finals, but sustained an injury in the third-place play-off.

He has not featured since for United and is yet to be part of a matchday squad in the Premier League this season but did feature in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Sheffield United as he continues his rehabilitation.

One player who has already made the switch from Manchester to Milan this summer is Romelu Lukaku, who scored on his Serie A debut in a 4-0 win over Lecce on Monday.

Italian football journalist Gabriele Marcotti feels should United allow Sanchez to leave, they would be leaving themselves short of attacking options.

Inter Milan hopeful of signing forward Alexis Sanchez on loan

He said: “I think United were left short-handed when Lukaku left and wasn’t replaced.

“And they will be even more so if Sanchez goes. He did look really good at the Copa America and I think that’s why [Inter boss] Antonio Conte thinks he can regenerate him.

“Martial and Rashford have both started United’s first matches of the season. If one of them gets injured you have kind of got to fill two roles.

“But in addition to Greenwood is Tahith Chong. Is he the other striking option that they have?

“With the possible exception of Greenwood, or unless Pogba conjures something out of nothing, or Mata hits a free-kick, how are you going to score?

“You don’t have a Plan B alternative in terms of size, strength or even a genuine penalty box poacher.”

Thought the transfer window was closed, Across Europe plenty of deals are still being done, with Premier League players still able to move to the continent.

The transfer window for Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1 closes at varying times on Monday September 2. Meanwhile, League One, League Two and Scottish clubs’ can also do deals until September 2.

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