LONDON – Manchester United are facing a staggering £36 million bill if Alexis Sanchez’s protracted loan move to Inter Milan is made permanent.
Representatives of both clubs held further talks yesterday regarding the Chilean’s season-long loan, with Inter hopeful of having a deal concluded before the weekend, including an option to make the deal permanent for just under £15m next summer.
But Sportsmail understands Inter are planning to offer Sanchez a contract worth no more than £150 000 a week if they do make the deal permanent.
Sanchez will be 31 in December, and Inter chiefs are reluctant to take on a huge burden to their wage bill given his age.
That leaves Sanchez facing a shortfall of £350 000 a week on his £500 000-a-week contract at Old Trafford – one he is almost certainly unwilling to take.