Perhaps one of Manchester United’s most expensive failures in recent years, Alexis Sanchez is a difficult problem to solve for Ed Woodward.

The Chilean footballer hasn’t lived up to the wage given to him by the Red Devils, managing a measly five goals and nine assists in 45 appearances since his free move from Arsenal in January 2018.

At 30 years of age and on a ludicrous salary, there is fear within the Old Trafford faithful the club could be stuck with him for the foreseeable future, yet there is still hope of a departure in the summer.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday afternoon, Inter have taken the first steps towards a transfer, meeting with his agent, Fernando Felicevich, who has been in Milan ‘in recent days’.

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The purpose of the encounter was to ‘understand the feasibility of the operation’ as the representative tries to find a way out of Manchester United for his client.

Gazzetta point out it ‘isn’t a simple affair because of the costs’, but Sanchez and the Red Devils are ‘travelling towards a divorce’.

Down his end, the former Arsenal forward ‘wants a return to Italy’, where he first burst on the European scene with Udinese before his big move to Barcelona.

Inter are said to be ‘restructuring’, which will start with the departure of Mauro Icardi, and they expect ‘more than one’ footballer to arrive to help out Lautaro Martinez.