Monday, January 18, 2021

Manchester United to let star leave on loan come summer?

Alexis Sanchez has been nowhere near his best since joining Manchester United from Arsenal last January, and could finally see his tenure come to an end

Manchester United are giving a lot of thought to putting up Alexis Sanchez for loan as they try to get rid the Chile international this summer, as per reports. The forward has struggled since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal last January, with many labelling him one of the most expensive flops ever, and has finds himself well down the pecking order since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the club’s caretaker manager last December.

Reports have also suggested that the Norwegian is all set to be named as United’s permanent manager sometime during the international break, having exceeded expectations by a countrymile during his interim role, and he does not have any concrete plans to keep Sanchez around come next season, The Sun has reported.

It has been well known that the Old Trafford club has accepted the fact that they will struggle to offload their highest earner, with Sanchez apparently netting an eye-watering £500,000 per week salary, which is sure to put off any interest from clubs, including those that may have the financial might to sign him up. hence, with a sale not likely yo happen, United chiefs are willing to offer the 30-year-old out on loan, with the hopes that a temporary move will tempt clubs to swooping in for him sooner rather than later.

Sanchez, who has played for Udinese and Barcelona apart from the Gunners, has found the back of the net just five times in over 40 appearances for the Red Devils, and is facing eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury earlier this month against Southampton. The attacker has spent time recovering in Catalonia, and he was seen at the Nou Camp as Barcelona eased past Rayo Vallecano 3-1 on Saturday in the la Liga.

Author’s take

It has gone horribly wrong for Sanchez, who can easily be classified in the Radamel Falcao bracket as expensive flops who perhaps came too early or too late to the club where they could hardly make an impact, despite a stellar CV upto that point. Perhaps a loan move to a club with less scrutiny and pressure on players is exactly what is needed for the player, who has seemed horribly shorn of confidence and belief during his first year with the English giants.

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