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MAN UTD have finally got Alexis Sanchez's £505,000-a-week wages off their books with Inter Milan set to confirm his arrival on a free transfer.

That should free up funds for Jadon Sancho, who is said to have agreed a five-year deal with only the transfer fee still to be worked out with Borussia Dortmund.

Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • IF ONLY SO EASY

    Jamie O'Hara thinks Man Utd will need TWO more signings after Jadon Sancho.

    “I think obviously Manchester United are a huge football club anyway but they've been way off it,” the former Tottenham midfielder told talkSPORT.

    “Yeah they finished third but everyone was kind of surprised at that in the end.

    “But with a signing like Sancho, I think then you're talking like: 'Now we've got a proper squad here'. I think it would be a brilliant signing.

    “I would say it puts them close [to being title contenders]. I think they're one or two signings off it.”

  • MORNING, UNITED FANS

    United's march into the Europa League quarter-final has ALMOST overshadowed their Jadon Sancho saga.

    Sub Anthony Martial burst through for his 23rd goal of the season late on for a below-par 2-1 comeback win against LASK at Old Trafford and a 7-1 aggregate success.

    Frontman Martial earlier teed up Jesse Lingard's equaliser– a goal that failed to save the England midfielder from Paul Scholes predicting his exit.

    Old Trafford legend Scholes told BT Sport: “Is he a starting XI player if you're going to go on to win the league and big trophies at Man United? I'm not sure he is.

    “When Ole took him off after an hour, I thought it was a sign that Ole is probably thinking of moving him on…possibly with Fred as well.”

    Meanwhile, United are still looking for a breakthrough with Borussia Dortmund over if and how the £108million asking price for England attacker Sancho will be paid.

    And Old Trafford chiefs are said to be duelling with Arsenal for £27million-rated Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

    The odds over the Brazilian's destination have veered one way and the other in the past 24 hours.

    Finally, striking flop Alexis Sanchez should finally become an Inter Milan player on a permanent deal today.

  • 'NOT BEEN GOOD ENOUGH'

    Of Jesse Lingard, United legend Paul Scholes told BT Sport: “I do think when he's playing well he has something to offer.

    “I think lately he hasn't been good enough really.

    “Is he a starting XI player if you're going to go on to win the league and big trophies at Man United? I'm not sure he is.

    “When Ole took him off after an hour, I thought it was a sign that Ole is probably thinking of moving him on.

    “When you've got fringe players and you need to get them games, tonight was the perfect opportunity for 90 minutes.

    “I don't think he was particularly great in the game. I don't think there's any way in the world he will start the game on Monday.

    “I think that was a sign, possibly with Fred as well, maybe the situation. He might be thinking of offloading the pair of them.”

  • JESSE MIGHT NEED TO GO

    Paul Scholes thinks Jesse Lingard's days are numbered at Manchester United.

    The 27-year-old scored against LASK as the Red Devils progressed to the Europa League quarter-finals.

    It marked the first time Lingard has scored in back-to-back games for United since 2018.

    But he was hauled off in the 63rd minute and replaced by Paul Pogba.

    Scholes in convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to take him off is a huge sign that he is on his way out.

  • “WE'LL MAKE IT OFFICIAL TOMORROW MORNING”

    Alexis Sanchez will be an Inter player in a matter of hours after being released by Manchester United.

    Speaking before Inter's Europa League clash against Getafe in Germany, club CEO Beppe Marotta said: “Unofficially, we’ll make it official tomorrow morning.

    “The player is entirely owned by Inter. We have a contract with him for three seasons.

    “We believe in him, that he can be a strong part of this squad and are happy to have concluded this deal.”

  • AND HOW THE SUBS RATED…

    Andreas Pereira (for Lingard, 64 mins) – 5

    Lingard was aggrieved to come off after a better performance from the Englishman. Pereira moved on to the left but failed to make an impact.

    Paul Pogba (for Fred, 64 mins) – 6

    A gentle run around for the Frenchman who tried to pull the strings from his deep midfield role, almost finding James with one particular effort.

    Tahith Chong (for Williams, 72 mins) – 5

    Filled in at left-back but pushed right up as United looked for a winner on the night.

    Anthony Martial (for James, 84 mins) – 7

    Replaced the ineffective James for the final few minutes… and three minutes later he did more than the Welshman managed in 84 by showing quick feet and slotting in via the keeper's foot.

    Teden Mengi (for Fosu-Mensah, 84 mins) – 5

    Came on at right-back for his Manchester United debut, the eighth academy graduate to do so this season.

  • RATINGS CONTINUED

    Jesse Lingard – 7

    Deployed in the No10 and started brightly with a neat turn and delightful diagonal to set Mata away down the right.

    With the game at risk of getting away from him, he got a crucial goal – more for him personally than the tie – as he raced clear and tucked home to add to his finish at Leicester.

    Daniel James – 4

    United may have been debuting their new kit but it was more of the same from James who continues to play like a man lacking confidence rather than the early-season sensation.

    Got himself into some strong positions in dangerous areas but time and time again wasted his final ball. Swapped over to the right wing in the second half but it was more of the same.

    Odion Ighalo – 4

    Looking to maintain his 100 per cent goalscoring rate in matches he has started for Manchester United, almost did exactly that on the half-hour mark – cut inside well but didn't get a proper effort away.

    Early on in the second half, should have opened the scoring but again, after a neat turn, his shot was far too tame and easily saved.

    Against opponents he would have been keen to return to the goals against, was far too quiet throughout as he watched the game pass by.

  • RATINGS CONTINUED

    Scott McTominay – 5

    Given a chance to shine as a starter in place of in-form Nemanja Matic… but did little to prove why he should displace the Serb for the quarter-final.

    Picked up a stupid yellow card before the break for a needless, late sliding challenge on Balic who was going nowhere in his own half.

    One thing is guaranteed with the Scot and that is sheer hard work, demonstrated with some excellent tracking back in the late stages then moments later was at the other end to fire wide.

    Fred – 5

    A quiet and largely uneventful game for the Brazilian, who did nothing of note in the entirety of his 64 minutes on the pitch.

    Was replaced by Paul Pogba, who will surely come back in from the outset on Monday.

    Juan Mata – 7

    Should have grabbed an assist within the first three minutes but fluffed his lines when all he had to do was thread the ball across to Ighalo.

    Made amends with a cheeky chipped ball in behind the LASK back line to set Lingard away for the equaliser but still failed to take hold of the match as we have seen him do so effectively over the years.

  • RATINGS CONTINUED

    Eric Bailly – 5

    Brought back in following his head injury sustained in the FA Cup semi-final defeat.

    But was in the wars again when he took a stray knee to the head which momentarily threatened to cut his evening short. Defensively sound throughout.

    Harry Maguire – 5

    The Manchester United captain was one of the two defenders to keep his spot in the starting XI.

    But with very little to challenge him in his own half, Maguire offered United's only threat in attack in the first half with statistically their only two shots – both headers off target – in a drab opening 45.

    Brandon Williams – 7

    The academy graduate penned a new four-year contract at Old Trafford and celebrated by also staying in the team.

    Probably should have topped it off with an assist when he made good ground down the left but his low cross managed to evade James and Lingard.

    Luke Shaw, out for the rest of the campaign, was not missed again and will do well to earn his place back next season.

  • HOW UTD RATED VS LASK

    Sergio Romero – 6

    Was beaten all ends up by an early Andres Andrade header which looped back off the crossbar… and then by an absolute thunderous strike from Wiesinger which flew into the top corner.

    But was solid enough between the sticks when dealing with balls into the box… with BT Sport analysing Romero claiming crosses at half-time due to the complete lack of meaningful action.

    Timothy Fosu-Mensah – 5

    As understudy to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, it was a performance similar to the former Crystal Palace man: solid defensively, a couple of nicely-timed slide tackles but looked a bit lost once in the attacking third.

    And that was epitomised by a moment in the second half when the ball fell to him inside the box… but rather than hitting it first time, he took a touch then blasted over. Doh!

  • ALEXIT DAY FINALLY ARRIVES

    Alexis Sanchez will finally – and officially – leave Manchester United tomorrow morning.

    The £505,000-a-week flop's horror spell finally ends after Inter Milan confirmed they had signed him for free.

    Chile star Sanchez, 31, has been on loan with Antonio Conte's side all season and looked much more the player United expected when they signed him in January 2018.

    His future now lies in Serie A, with Old Trafford chiefs no doubt relieved to get his massive salary off the wage bill.

    Inter CEO Beppe Marotta confirmed Sanchez had put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

    Speaking before Inter's Europa League clash against Getafe in Germany, he said: “Unofficially, we’ll make it official tomorrow morning.

    “The player is entirely owned by Inter. We have a contract with him for three seasons.

    “We believe in him, that he can be a strong part of this squad and are happy to have concluded this deal.”

  • RESULT: MAN UTD 2 LASK 1

    Sub Anthony Martial's sprinted through late on to clinch an unconvincing win for United's second-string side as they reached the Europa League last eight 7-1 on aggregate.

    Click HERE to review the key moments and for reaction.

  • LATEST: MAN UTD 2 LASK 1

    Anthony Martial sneaked United back in front on 88 minutes.

    Click HERE for regular updates.

  • WERDER EYE TAHITH

    Werder Bremen have stated their interest in taking Manchester United winger Tahith Chong on loan.

    The Red Devils were near to losing young star Chong, 20, on a free before he signed a new contract in the spring.

    And with a first-team spot not within his reach at this time, a temporary spell away looks most likely.

    German club Werder have made their claim with director Frank Baumann telling Weser Kurier that the Dutchman is a target.

    He stated: “[Chong] is very fast, he comes in from the wing – he fits our profile.

    “We can add two or three more players. Borrowing guys from top clubs like this can make sense to us.

    “Because of our situation, he's a player who could be interesting.”

  • LATEST: MAN UTD 1 LASK 1

    Philipp Wiesinger fired a shock and stunning opener for the visitors from 25 yards in the 55th minute.

    But Jesse Lingard burst through to level two minutes later.

    That means United lead 6-1 on aggregate.

    Click HERE for regular updates.

  • LATEST: MAN UTD 0 LASK 0 (UTD LEAD 5-0 ON AGG)

    As United struggle to create even half-chances, click HERE for regular updates.

  • H/T: MAN UTD 0 LASK 0 (UTD LEAD 5-0 ON AGG)

    Click HERE for a rundown and review of all the first-half action as a much-weakened United side struggle to impress in this Europa League return leg.

  • GUNNERS HEAD GAB RACE

    Arsenal are still duelling with Manchester United for £27million-rated Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

    The odds have veered one way and the other in the past 24 hours.

    But the Gunners once again seem favourites for the Brazilian.

  • ALREADY GOM OUT ON LOAN

    Angel Gomes has joined Portugal's Boavista on loan – days after the 19-year-old midfielder left Manchester United for Lille.

  • ALEXIS ON BRINK

    Alexis Sanchez's three-year deal with Inter on £6.3m a year is all but sealed, according to the Italian giants' CEO.

    Beppe Marotta told Sky Italy of the Manchester United striker: “He is not official yet, but unofficially he is ours for three seasons.

    “We believe in him a lot and we are happy.”

    Marotta also claimed the in-form loan star could complete his permanent move by Thursday.

  • MAN UTD VS LASK – UPDATES

    ClickHERE for all the updates on tonight's Europa League last-16 tie, with United 5-0 up from the first leg

    Man Utd: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Maguire, Williams, Mata, McTominay, Fred, Lingard, James, Ighalo.

    Subs: Grant, Pogba, Martial, Rashford, Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Greenwood, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Garner, Chong, Mengi

    LASK: Schlager, Andrade, Trauner, Wiesinger, Renner, Michorl, Holland, Ranftl, Balic, Raguz, Frieser

    Subs:Lawal, Gebauer, Filipovic, Reiter, Ramsebner, Muller, Wostry, Haudum, Sabitzer, Celic

  • SORT OUT THE KEEPER

    Rene Meulensteen told talkSPORT:“They first need to get clarity about the goalkeeping position because now there’s a debate about De Gea and the rumours with Schmeichel, but also Henderson is there.

    So that needs to be solved to make sure that’s clear. People are on De Gea’s back, but he’s still a very good goalkeeper; he’s had a few blips this season, he needs to sort that out.

    They also need someone next to Harry Maguire to strengthen that [defence].

    The 56-year-old added: “They’re bringing Jadon Sancho in, but more than anything, I would have gone for a more prolific out-and-out striker, somebody like Harry Kane.

    “There is so much creativity coming from midfield with Fernandes, [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial… they can all contribute to goalscoring.

    “But [they need] somebody in the middle who’s going to score 25-plus goals. That will close the gap for United.”

  • NEW STRIKER MORE IMPORTANT THAN SANCHO

    Manchester United should prioritise other areas before signing Jadon Sancho, former coach Rene Meulensteen has warned.

    A natural goalscorer such as Harry Kane is a better bet, the Dutchman believes, with the defence also a key area.

    Reports suggest United are closing in on a £108million transfer, paid in installments, after agreeing personal terms with Borussia Dortmund star Sancho.

    But attention is needed at the back with Dean Henderson set to challenge David De Gea for the No1 jersey next season and Kasper Schmeichel is a reported target.

    Meulensteen wants to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pick a first-choice keeper and find a partner for Harry Maguire.

  • 'JADON WOULD BE AMAZING'

    Old Trafford legend Dimitar Berbatov told Betfair: “Jadon Sancho would be an amazing signing for any team, United included.

    “It becomes a luxury problem to have so many attacking options, but it brings hard decisions.

    “Someone has to be benched, and Ole will have to deliver that news to someone.

    “Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are well established in world football, and Greenwood now deserves his chance to continue his progression, and I don't want to see him stalled.

    “We know United can afford to pay for Sancho, and if it happens, the club will be happy, but it will also be tricky.

    “Over £100m is a lot of money, especially now in the current situation, but I'm sure he will be worth it.”

  • SAN UTD JUST LIKE 1999!

    Jadon Sancho's proposed move to Manchester United will give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an awesome foursome – just like in 1999.

    That is the view of Dimitar Berbatov, who reckons Sancho's arrival will spark a new generation of attacking talent at Old Trafford.

    Berbatov likened Sancho – who would join Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial – to what Sir Alex Ferguson had in his Treble-winning side 21 years ago.

    ack then, it was Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole and Teddy Sheringham who spearheaded Fergie's all-conquering side.

    While Sancho's rumoured £100million-plus arrival could initially lead to one or two being dropped, Berba reckons it will benefit United in the long haul.

    And he believes any short-term pain will be for long-term gain.

    Berbatov also insists Solskjaer knows this all too well having lived and played through it already.

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