It’s difficult to recall a high-profile transfer going as wrong as Alexis Sanchez’s switch to Manchester united
The Chilean joined from Arsenal as part of a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan that looked like a decent bit of business for the Red Devils at the time.
Sanchez’s weekly wages were then reported at £350,000, which has turned out to be well short of his actual earnings.
The 30-year-old is now believed to take home a staggering £505,000-per-week, meaning United have forked out £41 million since his arrival in January 2018.
That equates to roughly £8.2 million for each of the five goals Sanchez has netted throughout his 18 months at Old Trafford.
Such a disastrous spell has crippled the world-class reputation he established at Barcelona and Arsenal, to the extent where United are willing to pay to see the back of him.
Roma are understood to be interested in taking a chance on the forward, but not without a helping hand from his current employers.
The Serie A club want United to share the financial burden Sanchez represents and could ask them to contribute as much as £8.6 million in wages until January.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has never been fond of Sanchez and, according to the same report, will force him to train with the reserves unless he agrees to a move abroad.
With the European transfer window looming on September 2, United might well be tempted by Roma’s proposal.
It’s not unusual for clubs to pay part of a player’s salary when they go on loan – especially when the figures involved are as eye-watering as those written in Sanchez’s contract.
Aside from the financial aspect of the situation, the South American has shown no sign of wanting to prove his worth to the Red Devils this season.
Sanchez was involved in a training ground spat with 17-year-old Mason Greenwood during one of his first sessions after returning from the Copa America.
He did enjoy a relatively successful tournament in Brazil, scoring two goals and assisting another en route to the semi-finals.
However, whether Sanchez gets another chance to spark United is in hands of Solskjaer and the club board.