Inter are ready to get rid of Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window and may even sell compatriot Arturo Vidal as they look to continue downsizing the squad to cut the payroll.
The Nerazzurri’s financial woes forced them to sell key figures from their title-winning starting XI this summer, receiving € 70m for winger Achraf Hakimi and £ 97.5m for superstar striker Romelu Lukaku.
Those sales have been successful in easing Inter’s money problems, but they are not out of the woods yet. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, owner Steven Zhang hopes to strip the team further in January, starting with top winner Sanchez.
The 32-year-old initially joined the Nerazzurri on a one-season loan from Man Utd, but Inter opted to make the move permanent and take charge of his massive € 7million-a-year salary in August 2020. He has been in the league 30 times in Inter’s 2020/21 scudetto-winning campaign, but since then little has happened for the Chilean.
Injuries have kept him from making an impact this season, as a late substitute in three Serie A games under Simone Inzaghi. The arrivals of Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa put him lower in the pecking order, and he has become a peripheral figure in attack.
Subsequently, Inter are ready to take him off his books this winter. The club want to take his € 7million salary off the payroll, which would free up around € 10.5million as his contract expires in the summer of 2023.
The Nerazzurri know it will be difficult to find a willing buyer who can cover his salary, so they would consider making a mutual deal with Sanchez, including severance pay, as paying him to leave the club would save them money. millions in the long run.
They are also set to part ways with midfielder Vidal, another top Milan employee, despite still making key contributions on the bench for Inzaghi’s side.
As they did with Hakimi and Lukaku, Inter are reportedly aiming to find a cheaper replacement with much lower wages, with Sassuolo star Gianluca Scamacca linked with a move to San Siro.