‘He is such a professional… and he is a very good player’: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he wants Alexis Sanchez to stay
- Manchester United face Wolves on Monday evening in the Premier League
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previewed the match at the Molineux on Friday morning
- The United manager insists he wants Alexis Sanchez to stay at Old Trafford
- Solskjaer claims the forward might ‘play a lot more games’ than expected
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Alexis Sanchez to remain at Manchester United and expects him to prove his critics wrong.
Sanchez has interest from Serie A clubs ahead of the European transfer window closing on September 2 but his wages may prove an obstacle to a move.
The total bill for signing Sanchez could potentially cost United up to £560,000 per week, once all aspects of the four-and-a-half-year deal are factored in.
Alexis Sanchez has endured a nightmare time since his arrival from Arsenal in January 2018
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Sanchez to prove his critics wrong and stay at Manchester United
Solskjaer is insistent that Sanchez, who hasn’t completed the full 90 minutes in more than a year for the club, will stay at Old Trafford this season and backed him to make a difference.
‘Alexis is such a professional,’ Solskjaer said. ‘He comes in working really hard. He’s part of our squad and is a very good player.
‘We don’t have the biggest forward line in numbers and he might end up playing a lot more games than you expect. We expect him to come good.
Sportsmail has learned that he earns a basic salary of £300,000 a week, plus an additional net payment of £100,000 a week from a £5million-a-year image rights deal.
United must also pay £5m in agent’s fees over the course of the contract to the player’s representative Fernando Felicevich. That’s the equivalent of £21,370 a week.
Solskjaer insists he expects the struggling Chile international to ‘come good’ this season
It’s understood the club inserted a £5m clause into the deal, payable if Sanchez makes 30 starts in a single season — even though he started only 13 times in all competitions last term.
Additional bonuses and employers’ national insurance payments take the potential overall figure to £560,000 a week if Sanchez is successful.
The major problem is getting Sanchez up to speed now and United have arranged private friendlies to boost the fitness of a number of stars.
‘He’s had three weeks (training), he’s still a bit behind,’ Solskjaer added. ‘We’ve had a behind closed doors game. He’s doing a little bit of extras. He’ll be integrated. We’ll have more behind closed doors games.’
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