Alexis Sanchez could be on his way back to Barcelona on loan after it emerged that Inter Milan were willing to let the ex-Manchester United flop and Arsenal star leave
Barcelona are reportedly in advanced talks with Inter Milan to re-sign Alexis Sanchez on loan.
The 32-year-old, who starred for Arsenal and flopped at Manchester United, spent three years at the Camp Nou between 2011 and 2014.
Sanchez has been with Inter since 2019 and helped them win Serie A last season under Antonio Conte.
But new manager Simeone Inzaghi has been less willing to use the Chilean, starting just two league matches this season.
That has led to the Nerazzurri being open to letting Sanchez go, with Barca hoping Sevilla can help in their bid to bring back the forward after Sergio Aguero announced his retirement on Wednesday in an emotional press conference.
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Dutch striker Luuk de Jong is currently on loan with the Blaugrana but is unlikely to feature in Xavi Hernandez ‘s future plans in Catalonia.
So if Sevilla can agree a deal with Inter, de Jong would swap the Camp Nou for the San Siro and Sanchez come the other way.
Sport also claim that the Andalusian side are ‘happy’ to let the Netherlands international change clubs.
Barcelona have become renowned for their erroneous recruitment in recent years, having also made the shock re-signing of Dani Alves in November.
Sanchez left for Arsenal seven years ago after playing 141 games alongside team-mate Xavi, who was appointed manager of his beloved La Liga club last month.
Within those, the Chile international scored 47 goals with 35 assists, before translating his form to the Premier League.
A January 2018 move to United proved disastrous, eventually leaving Old Trafford 18 months later as a flop.
Barca are looking to add some experience in their forward line after Aguero confirmed news of his retirement on Wednesday.
The ex- Manchester City striker has retired due to health concerns, having had to leave the field 42 minutes into his first home start for the Blaugrana.
Speaking at the Camp Nou, the Argentine tearfully admitted: “When they did the first physical test on me in the clinic, the medical staff called me to tell me there was a very big possibility that I wouldn’t be able to keep playing.
“From that point I was processing it all but it wasn’t easy. One of the doctors told me straight up, ‘that’s enough’. I want to tell everyone that I did everything possible.
“I dreamt about playing football since I was five years old and I first touched a ball. I never thought I would get to Europe, so I want to show my gratitude to everyone regardless of where I trained.
“I’m proud of the career I’ve had and am fortunate it is happening to me now rather than before. I don’t know what awaits me in the next life but I know there are a lot of people who love me and want the best for me.”