Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been persistent in his stance that Alexis Sanchez is part of Manchester United’s plans this season.
The Norwegian gaffer validated his belief in the goal-shy forward by stating that United were thin on options up-front. As of such, the former Barcelona and Arsenal player is also likely to play as a striker this season when fatigue and injury force it.
Of course, the alleged £500,000-a-week he makes as a United player does make it seems rather wasteful that his role will be reduced to that of a rotational talent.
However, it does appear that all is not as good as meets the eye with regard to Sanchez’s future.
Journalist Tancredi Palmeri has tweeted that Manchester United and AS Roma had reached an agreement for a loan move of Alexis Sanchez.
The deal in question would have involved the Red Devils paying upwards of €9.5 million per year of Sanchez’ wages, which does appear to be quite a hefty sum to dish out for a player one wants to get rid of.
Manchester United reached an agreement with Roma for a straight loan of Alexis Sanchez as Roma would have paid half of his wages at 9.5m€ per year, but the Chilean refused the transfer
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 16, 2019
Then again, it is likely that his large wage package and poor form severely limits the clubs who are capable and willing to him in their paygrade.
However, there is a catch. The claim adds that Sanchez had no interest in moving to the Serie A club and outright refused to make the transfer.
If true, this is bound to rile up many Manchester United supporters. In over 60 appearances as a Red Devil, the expensive Chilean has netted only 3 goals.
In comparison, much-loved debutant Daniel James took fewer than 10 minutes to net his first goal for the Red Devils.
At the same time, Solskjaer has been painting the picture of a Sanchez adamant on a resurgence and working hard to get back to top form and resume his scoring.
Only time will tell.