Alexis Sanchez was a notable absentee from the Manchester United squad that flew out of the United States this week.
Daley Blind was another player who didn’t travel because he was in the process of returning to former club Ajax, a move that was completed on Tuesday for an initial fee of £14 million.
That raised questions about Sanchez’s whereabouts, but he stayed in Manchester and trained yesterday at Carrington.
However, The Independent have revealed that Sanchez, who joined last January from Arsenal in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way, was denied a visa to the US due to a 16-month suspended jail sentence.
This was in relation to charges of tax fraud during his time at Barcelona that he accepted earlier this year. United had been hoping to fly Sanchez over as soon as possible, but the appeal process has taken more time than was anticipated.
It’s a huge issue for United if Sanchez misses out on the majority of pre-season training with his team-mates. When a player joins a club in the winter transfer market, which comes halfway through the season, he can struggle to adapt to new surroundings, hence why I believe this pre-season tour was key to Sanchez hitting the ground running when the new season kicks-off.