Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms that a deal has been agreed with Inter Milan for Alexis Sanchez to leave permanently

FERRARA, ITALY - JULY 16: Alexis Sanchez of FC Internazionale shows his dejection during the Serie A match between SPAL and FC Internazionale at Stadio Paolo Mazza on July 16, 2020 in Ferrara, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
FERRARA, ITALY – JULY 16: Alexis Sanchez of FC Internazionale shows his dejection during the Serie A match between SPAL and FC Internazionale at Stadio Paolo Mazza on July 16, 2020 in Ferrara, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Alexis Sanchez spent this season on loan in Italy with Inter but his loan runs out today [Thursday]. Manchester United and Inter have agreed a deal that will see United cancel the remainder of his contract and the Chilean take a £130,000 pay cut, after tax.

“We have agreed [the deal],” United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BT Sport after his side reached the quarter-finals following their win over LASK.

“He has enjoyed his time there. He is a top player but for whatever reason we didn’t see the best of him. He is a top professional and we wish him all the best.”

Manchester United confirm deal agreed Alexis: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United reacts with an injury during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton FC at Old Trafford on March 02, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United reacts with an injury during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton FC at Old Trafford on March 02, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

With just five goals in 45 appearances for United, Alexis never justified the massive salary he was given. With a £300,000 basic, less than Mesut Ozil, his deal was also loaded with bonuses that could have seen him earn up to £560,000 a week.

He also earned an additional £1.1m per year as part of his signing-on bonus so United have removed that obligation from their books as well.

Had Alexis remained at the club he would have cost them another £50m for the last two years of his deal..

Initial reports don’t make clear exactly what Alexis will earn at Inter, but it is likely now well under £300,000.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, is expected to complete his permanent move to Roma at some point.

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