Since joining Manchester United in 2018, Alexis Sanchez has not been able to recreate the success he had at Arsenal. One of many expensive, high profile flops signed by the almighty club since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, they will be eager to get him off their wage bill this summer, with three new signings reportedly likely despite the coronavirus pandemic and the financial difficulties which have ensued. The question remains, however, will Sanchez and his hefty salary leave United, and if so where will he go?
Will Alexis Sanchez Leave Manchester United – and Where Will He Go?
Flop in Manchester
Alexis Sanchez was a quality player during his time in London, but the move has not gone well for him.
Arriving in January, Sanchez brought hope that Jose Mourinho could finally get his money’s worth on an expensive signing, but it was not to be. The Chilean failed to make his mark on the club, fading into the background of a largely mediocre squad, and struggling for game time, let alone goals. He could not find the form that had earned him such a high valuation in the footballing community, and a transfer that had once seemed like a bargain became a rip off within his first few months in Manchester.
After one and a half dismal seasons at Old Trafford, Sanchez left on loan for Inter Milan, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offloading deadwood. The Norwegian settled for a loan, hoping he could re-find his tremendous form or impress the hierarchy in Milan enough to earn himself a permanent move, but this was not the case. Injury has plagued him during this spell in Italy, and he will return to Manchester following the conclusion of his loan deal as the Red Devils try to find another suitor.
Will He Leave and Where Could He Go?
Despite his poor performances since joining United, there are still many teams interested in signing Sanchez due to his undoubted talent.
Although not a team challenging for European qualification, West Ham United are among the teams reportedly interested in his signature, with former United boss David Moyes making an ambitious move. Despite their ability to offer him consistent time in the starting XI, the London side does not have the capacity to pay his wages, and with the Chilean apparently unwilling to take a cut to secure a move elsewhere, United’s bid to sell him could be much harder than anticipated.
A return to Arsenal could be a possibility, but with the coronavirus pandemic having resulted in a financial crisis for even the wealthiest football clubs, the Gunners are unlikely to splash out on an older forward who has just had the worst two and a half years of his career.
One place where there is no shortage of money, however, would be China. They have been able to offer some incredible salaries to various players coming to the end of their careers in recent years, and Sanchez, who seems more content on monetary gain than the football he is playing, could become yet another player to make the switch from a top-five league to that of China, seeing himself retire in the East Asian country.
Overall, it seems that if the reports of Sanchez’ unwillingness to take a wage cut are true, then a move away from United seems highly unlikely with all teams in difficult financial situations. However, these could turn out incorrect, or the former Arsenal man could change his mind, and there would certainly be buyers for Sanchez if he meets their monetary capabilities, leaving Sanchez likely to leave United.