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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer comments on Man Utd exit of ‘top player’ Alexis Sanchez

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on Alexis Sanchez's departure with the Manchester United flop set to be confirmed as an Inter Milan player on Thursday.

Sanchez's £500,000-a-week contract with United has been terminated by mutual consent, with the club taking a hit by foregoing a transfer fee in order to get the Chilean off the books.

The 31-year-old would have cost the Red Devils almost £55million had he been allowed to see out the remaining two years of his contract.

Instead his exit will be confirmed on Thursday, with Inter set to announce his permanent signing the same day after he spent the season on loan with the Serie A club.

Sanchez proved one of the biggest flops in United's history following his January 2018 switch from Arsenal, despite the fact he had starred for the Gunners in the Premier League.

He played just 45 games for United before being shipped off on loan to Inter last summer.

But United boss Solskjaer described him as "a top player", adding that everyone at Old Trafford wanted to see the striker playing to his potential again.

Of Sanchez's departure to Inter, Solskjaer said: “We’ll announce it tomorrow. He’s agreed and we’ve agreed.

“He’s enjoyed his time there and they’ve liked him. That’s a good move for him. He’s a top player who we want to see playing his best football.

“We didn’t see the best of him for whatever reason. He’s a top professional and we just wish him all the best.”

Sanchez was recently named in Inter's Europa League squad for the final knockout round games, with the Nerazzurri set for quarter-final action on Monday having beaten Getafe 2-0 in the round of 16.

And Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta highlighted the Italian club's faith in the striker.

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“Unofficially, we’ll make it official tomorrow morning, the player is entirely owned by Inter," Marotta said on Sky Sport Italia.

"We have a contract with him for three seasons. We believe in him, that he can be a strong part of this squad and are happy to have concluded this deal.”

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