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Alexis Sanchez to Inter? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rows back transfer stance

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 18:11, 20 August 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Alexis Sanchez could leave Manchester United despite saying the forward will “come good” at Old Trafford last week.

Sanchez is rumoured to be heading to Inter Milan on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Does Sanchez have a future at Man Utd? Five things to know…

  • Sanchez joined Man Utd in January 2018 in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
  • The winger has scored just five goals in 45 games for the Red Devils.
  • He only started nine league games last season.
  • The signing of Daniel James has moved him further down the pecking order.
  • Solskjaer has made it clear he plans on prioritising youth this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports after Utd’s 1-1 draw at Wolves, the United boss admitted that Sanchez’s time at the club could be up amid rumours that his switch to Italy is all but complete.

He said: “Well, there’s still a couple of weeks left of the transfer window and there is a chance… some clubs have shown interest in Alexis, so we’ll see what happens.

“Can’t update you more than that.”

It is being reported in Italy that the deal has been agreed and it is simply a case of Sanchez completing his medical before he is announced as an Inter player.

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Solskjaer makes U-turn

These quotes are in stark contrast to what Solskjaer said last week when he was quizzed on the Chilean. Rumours circulated that Sanchez had been banished to train with the reserves and that his future at United was non-existent.

Speaking to reporters ahead of United’s clash with Wolves this weekend, Solskjaer said: “Alexis is such a professional and he comes in working every single day, really hard, and he wants to be a part of this.

“It’s these stories again that he’s been put in the reserves and all this – of course he hasn’t.

“He’s part of our squad and he’s a very, very good player. He’s had three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest, but he’s very close to being part of it.

“We expect him to come good at this club, he’s quality. We’ve had behind closed doors games, and we will gradually integrate him into playing. We’ll be arranging a few more [behind closed doors games].

“We don’t have the biggest forward line and he may end up playing a lot more games than you expect. We expect him to come good and he is quality.”