Manchester United are ready to let Alexis Sanchez go and could even let their top-earner leave on loan, according to reports.
Sanchez is reportedly not in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans and the Norwegian is set to land the full-time job at Old Trafford after impressing since taking over in the interim after Jose Mourinho was sacked.
The Sun claim they are so desperate for him to leave that Solskjaer is willing to listen to loan offers just to get his massive wages off the books.
Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half year deal when he moved to United from Arsenal in January last year and is said to be on around £400,000 per week that could rise to £500,000 with bonuses.
The 30-year-old attacker was reportedly spotted a the Nou Camp watching former side Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 at the weekend, fuelling speculation he could be set to return to Spain.
He is currently recovering from a knee injury that could keep him out for the rest of the season.
Despite United’s reported stance, Express Sport understands Sanchez will dig his heels in and resist any attempts United might make to get rid of him in the summer.
Since moving to the club, he has scored just five goals in 41 appearances in all competitions
Solskjaer has previously admitted to being concerned about Sanchez’s level of performance but insisted he would give him time to prove his worth.
“He’s very talented but, of course, there’s only so many things you can sit down and talk about and tweak,” he said last month.
“If he could just get that goal I’m sure that would release his confidence.
“That’s what it’s about when you go through periods when you don’t perform up to your standard because we know there is a very good player there.
“You have that bottle of ketchup when it never comes out, but when it suddenly comes there’s loads of it. When it comes I’m sure he’ll be fine.
“He’s a man of 30, but he can still play for many, many years.
“He’s been here for a year, I’ve been here for two months with him, and he’s been injured for the first part of it
“So it’s unfair to just expect him to be at the top straight away.
“I’m sure we’ll see the best of him before the end of the season.”