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Report: Solskjaer tells Woodward he wants Alexis Sanchez to be sold

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward that he wants Alexis Sanchez sold this summer.

Caretaker boss Solskjaer has made a big impression since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, and looks likely to be appointed as the club’s next permanent manager.

The Norwegian has been in constant contact with the club’s hierarchy regarding summer transfer activity and has given Woodward a list of players who he has deemed surplus to requirements.

According to the Daily Star top of that list is Chile forward Sanchez. The 30-year-old arrived from Arsenal in January 2018 in a swap-deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but has been a major disappointment since moving to Old Trafford.

The stumbling block in finding a suitor for the former Barcelona star will be the forward’s wages. Sanchez signed a deal believed to be worth an astonishing £500,000-per-week when arriving at United, and it is unlikely any club will match those wages.

Also on Solskjaer’s list of exits are South American duo Antonio Valencia and Marcus Rojo. Veteran Valencia has been with United for a decade, but now aged 33 his time at Old Trafford has come to an end.

Argentinian defender Rojo has suffered from persistent injury problems this season and has fallen out-of-favour and the 29-year-old now looks set for a summer exit after five seasons at United.


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