Manchester United would have to pay a massive £36m if Alexis Sanchez’s potential loan move to Inter Milan became permanent.
United are currently in talks with the Serie A side over a season-long loan deal for the Chile international.
The deal, which could be completed by the weekend, is expected to include an option for Inter to make the deal permanent for just under £15m next summer.
Sanchez has endured a disastrous 18 months at Old Trafford since making the move from Arsenal.
This has been a huge problem for the Red Devils, who are paying the 30-year-old a reported £500,000-a-week salary.
While getting him off their hands would be a bonus for United bosses, Inter are reluctant to pay him his full salary and are expecting the Premier League club to shoulder some of the portion.
According to the Mail , the Serie A side will offer Sanchez around £150,000-a-week, a huge decrease on his current deal that runs until 2022.
And with Sanchez unlikely to agree to a reduction in his wages, this would mean United would be contractually obliged to pay out the remaining two years of his contract – a total of £36m.
The option to sign him on a permanent deal next summer is believed to be set at a fixed price of just under £15m.
If Inter were to take up that option, the transfer fee would help ease the financial burden on United as they settle the remainder of Sanchez’s contract.
It remains to be seen whether Manchester United decide to get rid of him or agree to the move and to fork out the remainder of his contract.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had insisted last week that the forward would not be going anywhere but said after the draw with Wolves on Monday that there was interest in him.
Well, there’s still a couple of weeks left of the transfer window and there is a chance. Some clubs have shown interest in Alexis, so we’ll see what happens,” the United boss said.
Transfer expert Duncan Castles does not think it would be wise to part with Sanchez right now, however.
“Solskjaer would be very short on numbers, experienced forwards, if Sanchez leaves,” Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast.
“They’ve already sold Lukaku without replacing like for like.
“And now he can’t add any players and they’re making their squad extremely light in terms of forward options if they allow the player to go.