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Man Utd transfer round-up: Alexis Sanchez and Jadon Sancho updates

As Manchester United prepare for their Europa League last-16 second leg tie against LASK, plenty is being done behind the scenes in relation to the club’s summer transfer business.

There is likely to be movement in both directions as United prepare for a return to the Champions League, with a couple of particular ins and outs dominating the back pages.

Indeed, the futures of Jadon Sancho and Alexis Sanchez will continue to fill column inches until their respective transfers are completed.

Here’s the latest on United’s comings and goings in attack, as well as another loanee returning home after failing to secure a permanent move away from Manchester.

Sanchez could be offloaded for free to clear path for Sancho move

Alexis Sanchez is set to join Inter Milan permanently after an impressive loan spell at San Siro, and the Italian club look likely to pick him up without a fee.

The Chilean, who is United’s top earner after joining from Arsenal in a swap deal in 2018, is under contract until 2022.

However, the Red Devils are prepared to pay him an undisclosed figure to cancel his contract and move to Inter on a free, which in turn creates space in their own squad and wage bill to complete their move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

Sanchez has scored three of his four Inter goals since Italian football resumed in June, and has also chipped in with seven assists in that time to help Antonio Conte’s side finish second in Serie A.

Sancho ‘agrees personal terms’ ahead of United move

Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are still in talks over a deal for Sancho, but reports in Germany suggest one hurdle has been cleared.

According to Sky Germany, the England star has agreed terms in principle over a contract which would keep him in Manchester until 2025.

Dortmund remain keen to settle the transfer saga before departing for their pre-season training camp on August 10, but are reluctant to budge on their £108m valuation of the winger.

Reports over recent weeks have suggested United are intent on dividing the fee into instalments, rather than paying what would be a club-record fee all at once.

Dortmund are off to Switzerland to begin their preparations for the 2020/21 season, having been eliminated from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain at the last-16 stage, while United’s own European campaign is due to resume this week.

The 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign begins in September, with Dortmund also due to take on Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup at the end of that month,

Smalling returns to Old Trafford after Roma move collapses

Chris Smalling is on his way back to Manchester after Roma were unable to make his loan deal permanent in time for the Europa League’s resumption.

The Italian club hoped to keep the centre-back on their books, but were unable to reach an agreement with United to complete a permanent move in time to include him in their European squad.

“I’m gutted that I can’t finish what we started this season,” Smalling wrote on Twitter.

“To experience the love shown to me in such a short time was extra special and it will not be forgotten.”

Smalling’s return does not rule out an eventual switch being agreed, with the European transfer window open until October for deals pertaining to the 2020/21 season.

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