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Man United close to selling Alexis Sanchez to pave way for Jadon Sancho transfer

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Inter Milan are close to signing Alexis Sanchez to pave the way for Manchester United to finalise a £108million deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

The MEN revealed last week Inter were confident of securing a permanent deal for Sanchez, 31, early in the transfer window and it is understood the move is expected to be finalised this week.

United’s eagerness to shift Sanchez permanently has been intensified by their desire to sign long-time target Sancho, 20. Sanchez is United’s highest earner on £400,000-a-week net and the club has had to sell players to buy in recent years.

Dortmund have attempted to exert pressure on United by imposing a deadline of August 10 to buy Sancho and demanding in excess of €100m, but their posturing has failed to unnerve United or whip up interest from other clubs.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward arrived at the club’s Carrington training complex on Monday morning amid plans to secure a British record deal for Sancho, which is expected to include add-ons.

Sancho is poised to become the fourth signing of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era to join United in a deal involving add-ons. The club’s head of corporate development Matt Judge, primarily tasked with negotiating transfer deals, agreed deals for Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Bruno Fernandes that featured an up-front fee that could increase.

The MEN previously reported Sancho had confided in friends at former club Manchester City he would relish returning to Manchester to play for United. The MEN first revealed United’s interest in Sancho when they tried to sign him from City in 2017 but their rivals blocked a move and Sancho joined Dortmund for £8m.

United were unsuccessful in a move to buy the England international last year due to their failure to qualify for the Champions League but have re-entered the competition after finishing third in the Premier League.

United did not include an option for Inter to buy Sanchez for a fixed fee in their loan agreement in case his re-sale value increased. Sanchez is contracted to United until 2022 and the MEN revealed in February the club had started looking for potential buyers.

Inter are currently paying 75 per cent of Sanchez’s £400,000 weekly net wages.

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