Sanchez Staying Put?
Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is refusing to leave Old Trafford this summer and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is threatening to drop him in to the reserves.
That’s the claim in an article in The Sun this morning. Sanchez was being linked with a move to Serie A side Roma despite falling down the pecking order since Solskjaer’s arrival at the club.
No reason is given for Sanchez’s reluctance to leave but one plausible explanation is his wages. Roma are in no position to be able to pay his basic pay of £400,000 a week plus up to £100,000 a week in appearance money and bonuses. United could agree to subsidise part of his wages but if, even with a subsidy, his salary falls well below what he earns at present it could explain his refusal to move.
The problem now for United is that Roma are looking at other targets. However, AC Milan, Juventus and Napoli are all interested in signing the 30-year-old.
Fernandes Rejected By United Scouts
Manchester United decided against a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes because club scouts felt he gave away the ball too often.
The 24-year-old was watched numerous times by United last season and reports from Portugal suggested he was a realistic target for United. But the Daily Mail claims his inability to keep hold of the ball meant he didn’t fit in with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s possession-based style of play. There were also concerns over his decision-making on the ball.
United were quoted €70 million (£65 million) by Sporting for Fernandes who remains with the Portugese club.
Lindelof Offered New Deal
Manchester United are ready to offer central defender Victor Lindelof a new deal worth £150,000 a week.
The Sweden international was the subject of an enquiry from Barcelona this summer, but United flatly ruled out any move away from Old Trafford.
Now, Lindelof is set to see his current £75,000-a-week wages double with the offer of a six-year contract that could keep him at Old Trafford until 2025.