Man Utd have had to fork out £9million to Alexis Sanchez by way of compensation to mutually terminate his contract.
The Chilean forward's deal at Old Trafford was ripped up on Wednesday, paving the way for him to complete a free transfer to Inter Milan less than 24 hours later.
Sanchez still had two years left to run on his mega £560k-per-week contract but United took the option to cut ties with the 31-year-old in order to get him off the wage bill.
As reported by The Mail, United are actually happy with the outcome, as Sanchez would have earned almost five times his settlement figure had he stayed on the books.
United did not have to pay a fee to sign Sanchez from Arsenal in 2018, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan went the other way in a like-for-like swap deal.
They had been paying a significant portion of Sanchez' wages while he was on loan at Inter last season though.
He has now signed a new three-year permanent deal at the San Siro but on considerably less money than he was raking in at United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had previously hinted at the possibility Sanchez could return and play a part for United next season, but the club have since made progress without him.
Speaking after Sanchez' deal was terminated, Solskjaer said: "He has enjoyed his time there [at Inter]. He is a top player but for whatever reason we didn't see the best of him. He is a top professional and we wish him all the best."
By getting Sanchez's salary off the wage budget, that has now opened up a space for a new recruit for Solskjaer's squad, reserved for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
Both clubs are currently working on a deal that would see the 21-year-old return to the UK, but United are not keen on meeting £100m Dortmund's valuation.
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