and are yet to reach an agreement over a deal for forward Alexis Sanchez.

The side were hoping to find out if they had a chance of signing Sanchez, initially on loan, by the middle of this week.

But 30-year-old Sanchez’s £390,000-a-week salary is proving to be problematic as Inter are only prepared to pay less than half of the amount.

United view this offer as unacceptable, while Sanchez himself wants to leave.

The former and player is looking to link up again with his friend and former United striker Romelu Lukaku – but he is thought to be loath to accept the kind of significant wage cut that would make the move easier to complete.

Inter remain keen on the Chile forward, who has had a hugely disappointing time at , scoring just five goals in a season-and-a-half. Sanchez scored as many times for his country at the Copa America this summer as he did through the entire 2018-19 campaign.

If Inter fail to significantly increase their figure by the time the an transfer deadline closes on 2 September, Sanchez will remain at until at least January.

Unless United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a change of heart, Sanchez, who played alongside Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in a closed doors friendly against on Tuesday, is only likely to be involved in United’s Carabao Cup and campaigns this season.

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