Alexis Sanchez: Inter Milan and Manchester United hold talks over Chile forward

Alexis Sanchez during Manchester United vs Chelsea at Old Trafford

Alexis Sanchez's agent has held talks with Manchester United on behalf of Inter Milan regarding a potential loan deal for the forward, according to Sky in Italy.

Sanchez, the Chile international forward, is keen on a move to the Serie A side, who are interested in striking a loan deal with an option to buy for the 30-year-old.

The deal would potentially involve Inter loaning Sanchez for a year with a view to buying him for €17m [£15.5m] next summer.

United are also aware that any potential deal will see them still paying a substantial part of his wages.

Inter head coach Antonio Conte wants to add another forward to his squad alongside Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

Edin Dzeko was one of their primary targets, but the former Manchester City striker has opted to extend his stay at Roma, meaning Inter have to look elsewhere.

Besides Sanchez, Inter are also considering free agent and former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, Ante Rebic from Eintracht Frankfurt, RB Leipzig's Timo Werner, and Arkadiusz Milik at Napoli.

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Speaking on Friday morning, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Alexis Sanchez remains part of his plans at Old Trafford

Since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January 2018, Sanchez has struggled for consistency, scoring five goals in 45 games.

However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday Sanchez wants to stay at the club - despite reports to the contrary - and backed him to "end up playing a lot more games than you expect".

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If United did sanction the sale of Sanchez, it would leave them with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood as the only strikers in their squad.

They have already sold Lukaku, the Belgium striker, to Inter this summer, agreeing a £73m fee after a summer of protracted negotiations.

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