Thursday 23 January 2020

D-day for Sanchez future at United

Twitter to meet Reds over racial abuse of Pogba

DECISION TIME: Inter Milan will hope to know in the next 24 hours whether they can get Alexis Sanchez on a loan deal. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images
DECISION TIME: Inter Milan will hope to know in the next 24 hours whether they can get Alexis Sanchez on a loan deal. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Inter Milan hope to find out today whether they can sign Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United on loan.

The Italian club are submitting an offer to United with an option to buy the forward at end of the campaign for €15 million. However, unsurprisingly, United are balking at Inter's suggestion that they only cover half of Sanchez's wages of £391,000-a-week. There is also an additional payment of £75,000 for every first-team game that he plays.

The deal is further complicated because of the complex nature of Sanchez's deal, with bonuses for goals and assists and an annual signing on fee of £1.1m, which takes the value of the contract up to £5m a year.

Although it would seem in everyone's interests for Sanchez to move, United are hoping to persuade Inter to pay a far greater portion of his wages and also a larger guaranteed loan fee (which would be deducted should a permanent contract be agreed).

There is also a debate at United as to whether or not they can let the 30-year-old Chilean go after having sold Romelu Lukaku, also to Inter, for up to £74m and whether this might leave them short of forward players -especially if either Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial are injured. There is huge faith in 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood but he is, obviously, inexperienced.

Along with a number of other senior players, Sanchez is understood to have played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Sheffield United at United's training ground, Carrington, on Tuesday as he works his way back to fitness.

Representatives of Twitter are moving to stave off criticism by planning to meet with officials at Manchester United to discuss the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba on the social media platform.

The United midfielder this week became the latest high-profile player to be racially abused online after missing a penalty in his side's draw against Wolves on Monday.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Reading's Yakou Meite have also been targetted in a similar way after failing to score spot-kicks in the past week.

The incidents have led to greater calls for Twitter to take stronger action and the company has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation.

The company had already planned a meeting with anti-racism body Kick It Out in the coming weeks and it is now looking to widen its discussions by bringing in United and other organisations.

A statement from Twitter read: "Over the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out and any other civil society stakeholders interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK."

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