Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United on a season-long loan deal.
The Chilean moves to Italy where he will reunite with former team-mate Romelu Lukaku.
Sanchez ends United nightmare: Five things to know…
- Sanchez scored 24 goals and registered 10 assists for Arsenal during the 2016/17 Premier League season.
- He 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 started just nine league games last season.
- Sanchez becomes Inter’s 10th signing this summer.
Sanchez flew into Milan on Wednesday to undergo a series of medical tests, while he also posted a message to his former Manchester United team-mates, wishing the Red Devils good luck for the remainder of the season.
On his Instagram account, he wrote: “Good luck boys for the rest of the season @manchesterunited.”
🛑 | FERMI TUTTI
🥂 @Alexis_Sanchez è nerazzurro! 🇨🇱⚫🔵
— Inter (@Inter) August 29, 2019
It is also being reported that the 13-time Premier League champions will cover £6m of the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward’s wages.
Antonio Conte’s side also failed to negotiate an option to buy, meaning if the South American flourishes on Italian soil, the San Siro club will have a difficult time trying to sign him permanently next summer.
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A new start for Alexis
From the outside, few would have predicted Alexis’ spell at United to end so badly. After all, he was electric at Arsenal and was regarded as one of the best players in the league alongside Eden Hazard.
However, Arsenal fans will tell you that they could see he was on the decline. Whether this was out of bitterness or not, one cannot argue that they had a point.
Sanchez struggled with injuries and failed to impress either Solskjaer or Mourinho enough to earn himself a consistent starting place in what was a front-line crying out for a superstar.
Romelu Lukaku bore the brunt of this as well. There is no doubting that, on their day, Lukaku and Sanchez are near unplayable for any defence in the world. Lukaku has time on his side – Sanchez, however, is approaching 31-years-old. This may be his last chance to prove that he still has some years left in him yet.