Arriving on a ‘free’ from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way, Alexis Sanchez was meant to be the marquee signing that helped Manchester United’s attack get to its old ways once again.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, that really hasn’t been the case, so much so that the Chile international has now been pushed aside by José Mourinho, displaced by an in-form Anthony Martial, who has scored in his last five Premier League games.

Sanchez, down his end, has only played a part in three goals this season, scoring one and assisting two, much to the ire of the Old Trafford faithful.

This lack of game time, according to Sport in Spain, who seem to piggyback on the recent claims from The Times, has forced the former Barcelona star to ask his agent to ‘resolve the situation’.

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His relationship with Mourinho is said to be ‘broken’, as the player cannot ‘tolerate’ his manager any longer, wanting an exit as swiftly as possible.

Aware he cannot leave until January, the 29-year-old appears to want his representative to shop him around ahead of the transfer window, having started just five games from a possible 12 in the Premier League this season.

This article was published just after lunchtime in Spain, and a few minutes later, El Chiringuito in Spain, relayed by Sport, claim that Fernando Felicevich, the player’s agent, has already offered him to Real Madrid.

Two sources who, let’s be honest, don’t have the best track record, claiming that a player who isn’t happy wants out four days after The Times said pretty much the same thing. 

Throw Real Madrid in there for good measure (because where else would you go after Manchester United?), and you’ve got yourself an easy story.