Inter Milan remain keen on keeping Alexis Sanchez on a longer stay from Manchester United, with negotiations between the two clubs ongoing.
The Italian club’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has provided an update on Inter’s quest to extend Sanchez’s deal, which as things stand is due to expire on August 7.
That would mean Sanchez is not able to complete this season’s Europa League with Inter. United are looking to offload the Chilean forward on a permanent deal rather than allow him to extend his loan by another month or so.
Roma loanee Chris Smalling is in a similar situation, with the centre-back of interest to a number of Serie A clubs on either a permanent deal or another loan.
Marotta spoke to Sky Sport Italia about the Sanchez negotiations, confirming that Inter want to keep the 31-year-old, who has scored four goals in 28 appearances since sealing a season-long loan last summer.
“It’s not easy, he has a two-year contract with Manchester United, so we have to evaluate the situation,” he said.
“It’d be a shame if we couldn’t reach an agreement, because we want Sanchez today and tomorrow.”
Inter face a Europa League last 16 one-off home tie against Getafe on August 5, which Sanchez should be allowed to play in.
But with the competition’s quarter-finals due to take place on August 10 and 11 in Germany, the Chilean may have returned to United if no extension is agreed.