• Manchester United wants permanent sale for Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling, a report said
  • Sanchez and Smalling will be returning to Old Trafford after Aug. 2
  • Manchester United is looking to raise funds possibly via mass player sale for Jadon Sancho

Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling are currently on loan deals, but Manchester United is no longer interested in going beyond that. The only way Inter Milan and Roma would get to keep the two players is if they agree to a permanent transfer.

According to Sky Sports, this is what the Red Devils plan to do for Sanchez and Smalling. The two players signed one-year loans that originally expired in June. United agreed to extend their respective loan spells until the end of August, a result of the stoppage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Red Devils have no intention of agreeing to another loan, wanting only a permanent transfer for both players.

Hence, Sanchez and Smalling are set to return to Old Trafford after Aug. 2. This will be the last day of Serie A action, meaning neither player can suit up in the final stages of the Europa League. Inter and Roma have yet to play in the round of 16 one-legged ties. The original first-leg tied in March was moved due to the coronavirus outbreak that hit Italy and Spain.

The move could also be tactical in a way for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company. United may face Roma in the semi-finals, while Inter could be a possible protagonist in the final. Hence, the only way Roma and Inter can keep the services of Sanchez and Smalling is if they agree to a permanent transfer.

The case is the same for other players who have been rumored to be leaving Old Trafford in the summer. The list includes Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot. The Red Devils are hoping to get suitable offers, something that can help them in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund.

United needs to raise roughly $141 million to meet the asking price of Dortmund for the 20-year-old player. The Red Devils were reportedly only willing to shell out as much as $61 million, numbers unlikely to be acceptable to Der BVB. But Borussia is standing firm on its massive asking price.

The need to raise more money to secure the services of Sancho could be one of the reasons why United wants to move its players.

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