Good luck to Alexis Sanchez.
The former Barcelona and Arsenal star will go down in history as one of Manchester United’s worst ever signings after costing more than £40m in wages, which according to Duncan Alexander of Opta worked out at approximately £28,800 per touch.
Inter Milan have announced the permanent signing of Sanchez on a free transfer until 30 June 2023. It comes on the back of a season-long loan but United will be happy to get him off the wage book.
The move gives Sanchez a chance to start fresh and get his playing career back on track. He finished the Serie A season strongly as Inter proved second best to champions Juventus.
OFFICIAL: Inter announce the permanent signing of Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United 🎹 pic.twitter.com/kRl5f62bMa
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 6, 2020
Manchester United have issued a statement on Sanchez – which reads the following:
“Everyone at Manchester United wishes Alexis Sanchez all the best in his future career as he joins Inter Milan on a permanent transfer.
“Alexis moved to the Serie A club on a one-season loan in August 2019 and has made 29 appearances for the San Siro side, scoring four goals.
“Upon his arrival in northern Italy, he linked up with former United team-mate Romelu Lukaku and they were later joined by Ashley Young, with the trio playing their part in Inter’s second-place league finish following Serie A’s resumption.
“Alexis became the first Chilean to play a competitive game for United after moving from Arsenal in January 2018, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction.
“The 31-year-old scored five goals in 45 appearances for the Reds, with highlights including two assists in the remarkable 3-2 comeback win away to Manchester City in April 2018, the opening goal in our 2-1 Emirates FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, later that month, and the first goal in the 3-1 FA Cup victory over his former club Arsenal at the Emirates in January 2019.
“Alexis could yet have a quickfire reunion with the Reds in 2019/20 with United and Inter both still in the Europa League, although the two clubs could only face each other if both make it through to the tournament’s final in Cologne.”
It is understood that Antonio Conte will remain in charge for the remainder of the Europa League, but there has been some questions asked about whether he will still be at the San Siro next season, as per Eurosport.
Below you will find a list of reactions to Sanchez’s departure from United fans:
Throwback to his best performance at Old Trafford 🔥 pic.twitter.com/lWbmmRCKse
— maŕtanto (@dikamartanto) August 6, 2020
— Therese 🇳🇴 (@ThereseUTD) August 6, 2020
He falls in the same category as the likes of Falcao for Utd. Better for all involved that he moves on. Wish him well.
But you have to wonder which genius is behind all these transfer decisions. Basically paid him to play for another team and then gave him away for free. 🤷♂️🤷♀️
— Devil’s Advocate (@El_Diablo_Rojo_) August 6, 2020
We wish him tremendous success in Milan. Once a Red always a Red. Congratulations Alexis 👊🏽🔴 #MUFC
— 𝕌ℕℂ𝕃𝔼 𝕎𝕀𝕃𝕊𝕆ℕ™ (@iam_wilsons) August 6, 2020
The most disappointing Manchester United ‘career’ of recent times. Was genuinely delighted when he signed, obviously the money side was ridiculous but what a world star I thought we’d got! How wrong was I! Bring on Sancho! Here we go!
— kevin hammond 🔴⚪️⚫️ (@kevhammond37) August 6, 2020
Thanks for the memories Alexis, will never forget City away and against Spurs, Arsenal in the Cup. Good Luck in Milano!
— § (@___Mayank_) August 6, 2020
Disappointing it never worked out but now it’s best for all parties to move on
— Aidan Walsh 🔰 (@AidanWalshMUFC) August 6, 2020
Disappointed it never work out, but thank you for the FA Cup Semi-Final vs Spurs – will never forget that.
— Jack (@UnitedHeaven_) August 6, 2020