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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Confirms Manchester United in Alexis Sanchez Transfer Talks

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 23, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:   Manchester United Head Coach / Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer consoles Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United at the end of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday confirmed there are "talks with some clubs" in regards to Alexis Sanchez, who could still leave Old Trafford during this summer's transfer window.

The Premier League transfer window closed in early August, but clubs are still permitted to sell players. The summer buying period won't close until the evening of September 2 for most of Europe's top divisions.

Solskjaer spoke at a press conference on Friday and said Sanchez impressed during a behind-closed-doors game against Sheffield United on Tuesday, although he added the player might still leave this summer: "There are still talks with some clubs. But he played in that game, and he played well, so as I've said, he's working hard, and let's see in September what's going to happen."

It's been a little more than 18 months since the Chile international left Arsenal to join the Red Devils in January 2018, when Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved in the opposite direction.

He became United's highest earner and boasts a salary that dwarfs even some of the biggest stars in the team, per journalist Kristof Terreur:

Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 @HLNinEngeland

Alexis Sánchez earns £391.346 a week (basic wages + image rights), Pogba earns with basic wages and image rights around £200.000 a week. Sánchez has a loyalty bonus of £1.1m a year.

Sanchez has scored five goals and recorded nine assists in 45 appearances for the club, which is far from the kind of return United would have hoped for when he arrived.

Sports writer Daniel Harris recently appeared on Off The Ball and debated that—taking his massive salary and minimal productivity into account—Sanchez was arguably the worst transfer of all time:

Off The Ball @offtheball

"In some ways he was the worst transfer in the history in football." @DanielHarris on the Alexis Sanchez situation #OTBAM #WOLMAN https://t.co/GDZVGbdWKU

Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News wrote Sanchez missed United training on Thursday morning in order to resolve a visa issue in London. The Chilean was gaining clearance ahead of an international friendly against Argentina in the United States in September.

Inter Milan are the most hotly tipped side to complete a loan deal for Sanchez, though BBC Sport's Simon Stone reported the Nerazzurri aren't willing to pay even half of his wages.

Moreover, Goal's Sacha Pisani recently noted Inter have cheaper alternatives available to them:

Sacha Pisani @Sachk0

@swearimnotpaul 👀 Shame if this gets messy. Rebic makes more sense for Inter than Alexis... for a number of reasons.

Sanchez hasn't been involved in Solskjaer's squads this season, but his display in the private fixture against Sheffield United indicates the club wants to keep the forward fit for a purpose.

A little more than one week remains for United to part ways with Sanchez if they wish to offload him, with the attacker looking unlikely to feature at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.