Manchester United have blocked Alexis Sanchez from playing in all of Inter Milan’s potential Europa League matches this summer. The Old Trafford hierarchy have agreed to let the Chilean stay at the San Siro until August to ensure he completes the Serie A campaign.
However, given the unique nature of this season, Inter could still be playing Europa League matches in late August.
All European competitions have been suspended until the end of the domestic season, when mini-tournaments will be staged by UEFA.
The Europa League is heading to Germany to the cities of Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen with knockout ties set to begin from August 10.
Sanchez will get the chance to play the club’s last 16 match with Getafe but United will not let him play beyond that.
According to Goal, the club have put their foot down because they do not want the 31-year-old getting injured that close to the new campaign.
Should he suffer a long-term injury, it would scupper their chances of a sale.
United are keen to recoup as match as they can for Sanchez, who has been arguably the biggest flop in the club’s history.
Inter already have a gentlemen’s agreement with United to sign him for £23million.
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The Italian giants are keen on re-negotiating though due to the complications of the coronavirus crisis.
They believe they can sign Alexis for around £18m but the final decision will rest with United chiefs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surprised everybody in January when he claimed Sanchez could be part of his squad next season.
He said: “It’s very hard because the clubs don’t want to lose their best players. Alexis will come back in the summer and prove you all wrong.”
Barcelona are hellbent on signing the Argentine striker and are expected to push hard at the end of the season.
While Sanchez is not seen as a replacement for Martinez, he would certainly soften the blow if they were to lose their star man.
United need to raise funds to sign top target Jadon Sancho.
Borussia Dortmund want up to £120million before they consider selling the England international.
Reports earlier in the week claimed United would only be willing to spend £50m.
That would change though should they generate some cash through the sales of Sanchez, Andreas Pereira and other deadwood.