Despite not being a regular in the Inter set-up, he has delivered whenever being called upon. After the restart, he was involved directly in ten goals for his side which is more than any Inter player in that period. The biggest impediment to his move was going to be his astronomical wages. However, an agreement has been reached and the deal is set to go through. United had been paying a large share of his £560k wages during his loan tenure. Inter Milan was be offering him £6.3m per annum which is a big dip from his £27.5m previous earnings. Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku will once again be teammates. Like Alexis, Lukaku also endured a tough time at Old Trafford but has since underground a renaissance at the Giuseppe Mezza.
The Chilean moved to the Italian capital in search of a new lease of life after a torrid time in Manchester. He’s now set for a permanent move after enjoying a fruitful campaign under Antonio Conte.
He was recently included in the Nerazzuri’s latest squad for the Europa League which resumes tomorrow. The move is in the best interest of all parties as United will free up their wage bill in anticipation of new signings like Jadon Sancho, who is on the verge of a move and Sanchez gets a move to where he’s enjoying football once again.
Sanchez may not be the only Inter loanee set to be retained. Nigerian winger Victor Moses could also stay in Milan as his time at Stamford Bridge looks to be over. It is highly unlikely that he will be a part of Frank Lampard’s long-term plans so a move makes total sense.
Moses was deployed at right wing-back under Conte during the 2016/17 campaign where the Blues won the league. However, Lampard seems to favor the 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations over three at the back so there is no wing-back role available. While he could also play as a winger, Chelsea have made enforcements in that department so no room there either.
Inter Milan finished just a point off Juventus in Serie A this season. This should serve as a source of motivation to go one better next season. Work in the transfer market will however be required and getting Sanchez to sign permanently will be a good start.