Merson backs Alexis Sanchez to rediscover Barcelona and Arsenal form at Man Utd

Paul Merson reckons Alexis Sanchez will be back at Manchester United next season – and can rediscover the form that made him a star at Barcelona and Arsenal.

Sanchez was sent on loan to Inter Milan last summer after struggling to make an impact at Old Trafford following his £15million signing from Arsenal in early 2019.

The Chilean forward had bee expected to sign for Inter permanently, but following a season blighted by injury and a lack of playing time, he now looks set to join back up with United when his loan deal expires.

United could try to offload him – but Merson reckons the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis will stop that from happening.

"With what's currently going on, I can't see a team going out and spending £100m on a player any more," Merson told Sky Sports.

"Teams are going to have to stick with what they've got so Manchester United keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez and bringing him back into the fold would come as no surprise.

"The other options would be to go and find a replacement and they would have to spend £60m or £70m to do it. I just don't think clubs are going to do that any more.

"The clubs can't ask the government to pay the wages of their staff and then once this has passed – and hopefully it will – go and spend £60m, £70m and even £80m on players. That's taking the mick at the highest level!

"For that reason, I can understand Sanchez coming back to play a part at Old Trafford because, on his day, he is a great player."

Merson believes the Covid-19 pandemic could also change the attitudes of some players, and says Sanchez could benefit from a change in perspective.

The former Gunners midfielder said: "After this, people are going to appreciate things a lot more now – and that includes some of the footballers who get bundles of money and think they can just stroll through.

"Sanchez was one of those players, but I think he will probably now think this life goes very quickly, especially a football career.

"He's got to come back and appreciate he's at one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest.

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