The former United star has struggled to recapture the form that saw him become one of the Premier League’s most lethal forwards at Arsenal since he swapped England for Italy
Alexis Sanchez has had a rollercoaster seven years, signing for Arsenal in 2014, before burning his bridges with those at the Emirates to join fierce rivals Manchester United only to fail miserably at Old Trafford.
The Chilean scored just five times in 45 games for the Red Devils and was quickly deemed surplus to requirements by boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
Inter Milan offered him a route out of his Red Devils nightmare, originally joining the current Serie A champions on loan before making his deal permanent at the start of last season.
Now recent reports have emerged speculating over a potential move back to La Liga, where he once plied his trade for Barcelona, this time for Sevilla.
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The signing would make sense from Sevilla’s perspective as they have seemingly sacrificed their former philosophy of prioritising young talent and opted for more experienced names, Sanchez potentially joining the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Papu Gomez.
Sanchez will be 33 before the turn of the year and Sevilla are aiming to take advantage of cash-strapped Inter by securing the Chilean’s signature for a cut-price deal.
According to reports in Italy, Inter are in a dire financial situation, needing to lower their wage budget by 20%, in turn staring down the barrel of losing a number of their stars.
The Italian outfit need to hit the target of £86m to stay afloat and avoid serious financial jeopardy, the situation proving so toxic it lead to the departure of manager Antonio Conte, who ended nine years of Juventus dominance by guiding Inter to their first Serie A title since his fierce rival Jose Mourinho led the club eleven years ago.
Given his fairly average individual season, Inter appear to be willing to lose Sanchez, who has bagged seven goals and seven assists in 30 league appearances, to try and generate funds.
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Having finished fourth last season and securing Champions League football, Sevilla may not be viewed as much of a step down from Sanchez’ perspective.
He will harbour aspirations of hitting the kind of form that saw him notch 46 goals in 141 matches during his last three-year stint in La Liga for Barcelona.
As Sanchez nears the twilight of his playing days, it is likely any move to Sevilla would be his last big transfer.