Sunday July 26 2020
Inter: 'Alexis Sanchez issue not resolved'

Inter confirm the situation with Alexis Sanchez is ‘not resolved yet’ and negotiations with Manchester United are increasingly tense.

The Chile international is on loan and due to the extended season following the lockdown, clubs had to negotiate extensions to loan deals.

However, Manchester United have taken the same stance with both Inter and Roma’s Chris Smalling, refusing to let them stay beyond the Europa League Round of 16 tie.

That is because both those teams are still in the Europa League and could therefore face Manchester United later in the competition.

“It’s an anomalous issue, considering the Europa League can be changed by the absence of certain players,” Inter director Beppe Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

“The situation has not been resolved yet, we are working to at least keep hold of him for the entire Europa League.”

Sky Sport Italia have also reported that Manchester United want Alexis Sanchez to accept a large pay cut before he extends that loan.

The Red Devils currently pay a large portion of his salary and want that off their books.

Inter coach Antonio Conte pointed to the problem last night, suggesting Manchester United are frightened they’ll miss out on the Europa League.

“In England, they say Manchester United are forced to win it, as otherwise they might not qualify for the Champions League,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

“We want to do our best, I tell the lads not to set themselves limits, but even Getafe are tough in the Round of 16, as they defend with 10 men and are not afraid to give opponents a good kicking.”

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