Alexis Sanchez was pried away from Arsenal last winter with much hope pinned onto him. However, the Chilean forward has failed spectacularly at doing justice to the illustrious no.7 jersey, with the club almost regretting its expensive investment.
His cameo on Saturday as a false no.9 did show great hope, with the former Barcelona man showing potential to give Romelu Lukaku a run for his position. But that is more a comment on Lukaku’s recent woes than Sanchez’s brilliance on the spot.
Regardless, much needs to be done by the winger to win back the faith of his club, but if recent reports are to be believed, he is causing Manchester United trouble in more ways than one.
As per an exclusive by the Mirror, the Red Devils are facing roadblocks in the contract negotiations of Anthony Martial and David De Gea due to the fees they offered Sanchez to snub Manchester City in the winter.
The 29-year-old currently makes a whopping £400,000-a-week minimum. It is this figure that the agents of Martial and De Gea are allegedly citing to make the most out of their potential renewals.
De Gea’s argument is that given Sanchez’s terms, there is no reason why a figure in the range of £300,000-a-week can’t be offered to him by virtue of his scintillating showing as a shot-stopper.
As far as Martial is concerned, the Frenchman has apparently refused United’s latest attempts at a renewal, despite the new deal being worth almost double the £70,000-a-week package he currently sports.
This paltry amount seems almost like a joke considering how the youngster has scored more goals in just the last 4 Premier League games than Sanchez has in his entire United career.
The Old Trafford outfit does have a clause in place for both the stars that can keep them at the club for a period beyond their current looming date of the upcoming summer window.
However, will a seeming flop transfer cost them what is arguably the most important duo the club may boast of for the long-term future?