Antonio Conte is pushing his Inter Milan bosses to pursue a deal for Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez.
The Italian manager wants to make Sanchez a key part of his tactical revolution at the San Siro as he transitions the side to play in a 3-5-2; the formation he used in his title-winning season with Chelsea in 2017.
Inter have already shattered their transfer record by landing Romelu Lukaku for £74million from United.
Now Conte would like Inter to splash the cash again on Sanchez and have around £20million to offer in terms of a transfer fee.
Sanchez’s wages are likely to be the biggest sticking point in any deal. Inter are willing to offer around £5million a season over a four-year deal. However that would mark a huge decrease from his existing contract at Old Trafford where he’s pocketing an eye-watering £560,000 every week, which equates to £9million every season.
The astronomical deal United offered Sanchez when he signed from Arsenal 19 months ago made him the highest paid player in the Premier League. But it is now proving to be a major obstacle in finding a new club prepared to take on the 30-year-old.
The total bill for signing Sanchez could potentially cost United up to £560,000 per week, once all aspects of the four-and-a-half-year deal are factored in. Sportsmail has learned that he earns a basic salary of £300,000 a week, plus an additional net payment of £100,000 a week from a £5million-a-year image rights deal.
United must also pay £5m in agent’s fees over the course of the contract to the player’s representative Fernando Felicevich. That’s the equivalent of £21,370 a week.
It’s understood the club inserted a £5m clause into the deal, payable if Sanchez makes 30 starts in a single season — even though he started only 13 times in all competitions last term.
Additional bonuses and employers’ national insurance payments take the potential overall figure to £560,000 a week if Sanchez is successful.
Another factor is that Sanchez is yet to play for United this season as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury.
Solksjaer insisted on Friday that he is keen to keep hold of the former Arsenal man despite his woeful form since joining the Red Devils in 2018.
‘Alexis is such a professional and he comes in working every single day really hard,’ he said.
‘He’s part of our squad and he is a really good player. He has had three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest but close to being part of it. We don’t have the biggest forward line in numbers so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you expect. We expect him to come good at this club, he’s quality.’
Sources close to the player claim he wants to leave Old Trafford but Solskjaer insisted Sanchez, whose wages could potentially hit £560,000 a week, is working hard to return.
We’ve had a behind-closed-doors game and he is doing a little bit of extras,’ Solskjaer said. ‘He’ll be gradually integrated into more and more playing time.
‘We’ll have more behind-closed-doors games because with one game a week now it’s hard to keep everyone ticking over.’