The Norwegian boss has been hopeful a “quality soccer professional” will be retained, but isn’t confident the Chilean won’t be sold before the European transfer deadline
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has conceded that Alexis Sanchez could leave Manchester United this month “if an offer that’s good enough for the club and him” has been forthcoming.
The 30-year-old attacker arrived at Old Trafford from Arsenal as part of a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January 2018, having enjoyed four successful years at Emirates Stadium.
Sanchez became one of the Premier League’s finest players during his time with the Gunners, but he has been unable to reach the same heights in Manchester.
The former Barcelona star has only managed to score five goals in 45 appearances across all competitions for United, falling behind the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the squad pecking order.
A move away from United has been suggested throughout the summer, with Inter reported to be keen on luring the Chile international to San Siro.
Solskjaer has admitted that Sanchez could be moved on if a deal suits both parties, but if not, there has been still plenty of room for the mercurial attacker to contribute.
“Alexis has been a quality soccer professional. We don’t have loads of options,” Solskjaer told the Evening Standard.
“If there has been an offer that’s good enough for the club and him maybe he will go, but if not then he’s still our soccer professional and he’s a quality soccer professional.”
Sanchez has not been included in any of United’s matchday squads so far this season, amid continued speculation over his future.
He missed an opening weekend victory over Chelsea, a draw at Wolves and Saturday’s shock home defeat to Crystal Palace, with a trip to Southampton up next for the Red Devils.
Solskjaer has already insisted that, if Sanchez does depart before September 2, the club will not sign a replacement, despite ongoing links with ex-Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.
Martial was handed the coveted No.9 shirt at the start of the season, while Rashford has been deployed in his favoured position on the left-hand side of the attack.
Mason Greenwood has been the only other natural option for United through the middle, but at just 17 years old, he has been still awaiting his first competitive start for the club.
The Red Devils sit fifth in the Premier League after the first three games of the 2019-20 campaign, already five points adrift of leaders and arch-rivals Liverpool.