Inter Milan are reportedly open to making Alexis Sanchez’s loan deal from Manchester United permanent, but only if the forward halves his huge wage demands.
The Chile international moved to Inter on a season-long loan deal last summer after a disastrous spell at Old Trafford, Sanchez struggling for form and scoring just three league goals for Manchester United following his hugely anticipated move from Arsenal.
Having been deemed surplus to requirements he would head to the San Siro, though the Italian giants agreed to cover just £4.5m of his staggering £21m annual salary, the 31-year-old signing a record-breaking contract at United upon his arrival in January 2018.
Sanchez’s spell in Milan would begin brightly before missing three-and-a-half months of the season with an ankle injury picked up on international duty, though he has since returned to action, managing assists in recent wins over Udinese and city rivals AC Milan.
According to Tuttosport, (via Daily Mail) Inter are still open to the possibility of signing Sanchez on a permanent basis should he impress over the final months of the campaign, though on the condition he significantly drops his wage demands.
Antonio Conte’s side will demand Sanchez drops his wages by ‘at least a half’, a figure that would result in a weekly wage of around £200,000-a-week for the former Barcelona and Arsenal star.
Inter are also believed to be monitoring Napoli’s Dries Mertens as they seek to bolster their attacking options, though Sanchez remains under consideration for a permanent switch at the end of the season.