Manchester United’s forgotten man Alexis Sanchez is set to remain at Inter Milan until the end of the season.
Sanchez has made just two Serie A starts during his loan spell at Antonio Conte’s side in a term ravaged by injuries.
The Chilean’s form has declined drastically since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January 2018.
But Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio still has faith in the 31-year-old and he will be given another opportunity when Italian football resumes on June 20.
“We want to keep everyone, including Alexis Sanchez. We are counting on him in the coming months,” Ausillo told Sky Sport Italia, as quoted by Forza Italian football.
“He was out injured for quite a while, but he did well before that in matches against Barcelona and Sampdoria. I saw the Sanchez from his best campaigns in Udine and Arsenal.
“He didn’t have a lot of time, but he now has the chance to show his value and then we will make a decision on him.”
Sanchez represents the antithesis of the player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to build his United squad around and the Norwegian will be left with a dilemma as to what to do with the enigmatic forward when he returns in the summer.
With Solskjaer creating a first-team path for academy stars Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong, plus the possible signing of a right-winger such as Jadon Sancho, surely Sanchez will be deemed surplus requirements at United.
The struggle for the club will be offloading a player on such high wages that has failed to live up to expectations for over two seasons.
But the return of football next month offers Sanchez the perfect opportunity to resurrect his career.
Now fully-fit, if he can impress in the remaining games of the Serie A season and build a promising partnership with ex-United frontman Romelu Lukaku, the Nerazzurri may be tempted to make the deal permanent.
United fans will be hoping Sanchez can thrive in the closing games of the season to increase the chances of him being sold, or make him a more attractive proposition to utilise at Old Trafford next term.