MANCHESTER UNITED face paying Alexis Sanchez to leave Old Trafford and join Inter Milan in a permanent transfer.
The striker is in talks with the Italian giants over a possible loan move to the San Siro.
The deal would also include an option-to-buy clause, allowing Inter to make the move permanent next summer.
But, the Italians are only offering to pay Sanchez £150,000-a-week, which is a significant drop on his current wages at United.
Therefore, United would be obligated to buy out the remainder of his contract, in order to seal his exit from Old Trafford if his Inter stay was made permanent.
Sanchez has two years left on his current contract at United, where he earns almost £400,000-a-week.
Both clubs held talks on Wednesday in a bid to confirm a deal ahead of the transfer deadline on September 2.
It’s believed that the option to sign Sanchez in a permanent transfer will be set at around £15m.
If the option is triggered, it’ll help United to offset some of the money they’ll be spending to let Sanchez leave.
The Red Devils are hoping to seal the loan deal with Inter Milan by the end of today.
The 30-year-old is keen on an exit from Old Trafford after a turbulent spell at the club.
He arrived in January 2018 from Arsenal, having had just six months remaining on his deal with the Gunners. Arriving as part of a straight swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and therefore not costing United a transfer fee meant he could negotiate larger wages from the club’s hierarchy.
But, since his arrival, he’s amassed just five goals in 45 appearances for United.
He’s also struggled with injuries, and has only just returned to fitness after his latest setback.
If his move to Inter is confirmed, he’ll be linking up with his former strike partner Romelu Lukaku.
The Italian giants bought Lukaku in a £73m transfer deadline day switch from United.