Manchester United are playing hard-ball and demanding Inter Milan pay £15 million for their most expensive-ever flop Alexis Sanchez. The former Arsenal man is due back at Old Trafford this week after spending last season on loan in Milan, after they refused to extend it to cover their Europa League campaign.
Inter are keen on making the switch permanent but are struggling to match Sanchez’s £560,000-a-week contract that still has two more years left to run.
United have been picking up around £175,000-a-week of his wages while he has been in Milan and would like to get it all off their wage bill.
He isn’t in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans and offloading him would free up cash to be spent on other transfer targets.
But they are in no mood to discount the fee and are holding out for their full asking price even if it risks causing a deal with Inter to collapse.
The Red Devils are expected to splash the cash this summer after securing a top four finish and Champions League football for next season.
Solskjaer has been vocal on their transfer plans in recent months, with the United boss insisting he will only buy players suited to the club.
“I did feel that I was professional and did feel privileged to play for Manchester United,” Solskjaer said.
“I wouldn’t be able to look at myself if I didn’t know I’d given everything for my team-mates and my manager.
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“That’s what I also now look for in players that we sign or we bring up from the youth team.
“You have to have a good personality and that you are professional because one rotten apple in the basket will make the others rotten.
“So for me it’s about building a team that will reflect me and my coaching staff’s personalities and views.
“Of course there are standards because we want to win. We are in the business to win.
“But the first step to be a Manchester United player and person, you have to be humble enough to know you always have to work hard.
“Never give in and always do your best, 100 per cent effort is required every day and don’t think you are better than you are.
“You still have to play with that confidence at the same time.
“It’s a fine balance but that is what is going to make the difference when we want to get to the championship again that we want to win.”
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