Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio said that Lautaro Martinez is staying at Inter and that on loan Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez still has a future at the club, although he is having a disappointing season so far.
The Chilean international has had injuries and suspensions that has restricted him to just one goal in 15 appearances in all competitions.
Regarding Sanchez Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia, “The latter, above all, now has the chance to show his worth and we will evaluate the situation.”
As for Argentine international Martinez who is a prime target for Barcelona when the summer transfer window opens, Ausilio said the only way he would be sold is if his €111 million release clause is met within the next six weeks.
“We have invested a lot in him since he was very young,” Ausilio said. “In these years, he has grown a lot and will continue to thanks to [manager Antonio Conte], the system and a strike partner such as Lukaku.”
“He is an asset for the club. There is a clause which would see him leave if met, but the expiry date is July 7. I envisage Lautaro here at Inter. Besides, he still has three years remaining on his contract.”
If Alexis Sanchez stays at Inter Milan after his season loan expires that would be great, if Inter decided to keep him. But ever since Sanchez moved to Manchester United he has struggled consistently for good form. He has either been injured or suffered from poor form whenever he returned from injury.
He hasn’t solved his injury problems, and his low confidence regarding his poor form even when he’s given a run of games continues to be problematic. Whether he ends up staying at United, Inter or somewhere else, I am not sure he’ll solve his problems anytime soon.
It could be that he’s reached a point in his career where he’s become injury-prone and the fact that he can’t be a starter anymore and he has to compete with other strikers in the squad just makes his problems more difficult to deal with.
If he doesn’t turn around his season fast enough at Inter, then they would send Sanchez back to United at the end of the season. Then United will be stuck with a striker that is low on confidence, and won’t be of any use to us because of his constant injury and form issues.