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Updates4Real 06/29/2020

Italian giants yet to reach an agreement on the future of on-loan Man United star

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Inter Milan yet to reach an agreement with Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez

According to Sky Sports Italia (h/t MEN), Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Barotta has confirmed that they are yet to agree on an extension on Alexis Sanchez’s loan from Manchester United.

The United star has endured a tough time at the San Siro as he struggles with both fitness and form. Despite what has been an underwhelming spell, the Nerazzurri are keen to extend his loan until the end of the season.

The Chilean’s spell at the San Siro will expire this month. Inter are hopeful they can reach an agreement that will see Sanchez stay until the end of the season.

According to the report, United and Inter are both still in negotiations regarding a deal.

United are keen to get the 31-year-old off their books. His poor return coupled with his massive wages makes him a liability both on and off the field.

Inter, however, are rivals in our race to win the Europa League. Permitting them to extend Sanchez’s loan will strengthen them as they too attempt to win the competition.

It is debatable if it will be in our best interests to permit Inter an extension. The Europa League looks to be our best route to the Champions League. It makes no sense for us to strengthen a rival.

Sanchez is an excellent player, whose quality is not in doubt. However, he has failed to hit top gear at United, much to our frustration. The last thing we want is for him to turn into prime Messi if we end up facing Inter in Europe.

Man United 'lining up' firm offer for Valencia youngster as alternative to Sancho

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Torres’ relationship with the Valencia hierarchy has deteriorated in recent months following a falling out with the the club’s chairman, Peter Lim, who is considering offers for the playmaker.

The youngster, who can be deployed out wide or in the No.10 role, has been mooted as the future of Spanish football for his promising displays over the last two seasons.

Man City and Liverpool have also been considering a summer swoop for the Valencia ace, who has just one year left on his deal at the Mestalla.

Solskjaer has dilemma over his most influential Man Utd player ahead of Brighton clash

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Bruno Fernandes has not yet been part of a losing Manchester United side.

The Portuguese midfielder has been indispensable during United’s 14-game unbeaten run, which has enabled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to keep hopes of a fourth-placed finish and two trophies still alive.

Fernandes’ arrival from Sporting Lisbon had been called for months in advance by large sections of the United fanbase, and he has not disappointed since his January transfer.

Solskjaer has become reliant on Fernandes to become his side’s creative fulcrum, with everything good United do in attack coming through the energy and imagination of the 25-year-old.

But it is unrealistic to expect an individual to have the same influence on every outing and Fernandes’ performance against Norwich as United edged through to the FA Cup semi-finals was poor.

Fernandes’ was guilty of trying to force the issue at Carrow Road and would too often make the incorrect decision at the vital moment.

While he was still United’s most dangerous threat, he fluffed several shooting opportunities and inevitably tired as United entered extra-time.

After playing 210 minutes within the last six days, it may be wise to keep Fernandes on the bench for United’s trip to Brighton on Tuesday evening.

Solskjaer needs to keep players fresh in this crucial run-in and now has an important decision to make over his most influential player’s involvement.

But the trouble for the Norwegian boss is that his two like-for-like stand-ins come in the shape of the forlorn Andreas Pereira and Jessie Lingard.

Perhaps Paul Pogba could play the advanced midfield role ahead of a midfielder pivot of Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay.

But United’s most encouraging moments since the restart have come in the link-up between Pogba and Fernandes.

It would be a huge call to rest Fernandes for Tuesday’s game as United need victory to keep the pressure on top four rivals Chelsea, Leicester City and Wolves.

We think Fernandes will be desperate to be included in the starting XI despite any fatigue he may have and Solskjaer is ultimately likely to select him.

Report: Roma confident of extending Smalling loan

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Chris Smalling's stay in Italy could last through next season.

Gianluca DiMarzio reports that Roma and Manchester United have come to an agreement to extend the 30-year-old defender's stay in Serie A through the remainder of the 2019-2020 season and have a framework in place for a season-long loan in 2020-2021. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

While nothing has been agreed to between the two clubs as of yet, the Giallorossi are confident on retaining the England international's services for next season.

Smalling has emerged as a defensive linchpin for Roma this season, making 29 appearances across all competitions and striking up an effective partnership with Gianluca Mancini, who is on loan from Atalanta.

A native of Greenwich, Smalling joined United in 2010 from Fulham and made 323 appearances over nine seasons at Old Trafford.

Roma currently sits sixth in the Serie A table and the club is next in action on Thursday, hosting Udinese.

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