Done Deal: Inter Milan signed €20m-rated Man United forward

Antonio Conte believes the Nerazzurri have scooped a major bargain with the deal they have struck with Red Devils to sign Alexis Sanchez on a permanent basis. Chile international ended his miserable Man United spell last summer when he joined the Italian giants, initially on loan.

Alexis began his Inter Milan career impressively but a severe injury stunted his progress. Sanchez has gradually begun to rediscover his best form since making his come back in June and his permanent move is expected to be formally announced on Thursday.

The 31-year-old forward has been handed a substantial settlement by the Red Devils after agreeing to effectively rip up the rest of his contract, which would have been worth up to £55m.

‘I think the Alexis Sanchez move is a great one made by the club. Considering the conditions we managed to get Alexis, it was a really good transfer,’ said the Italian tactician after last night’s UEL victory over Getafe.

‘He had come off two years when he was really struggling at Man United, then he got this injury with us and we took the time to get him back on track, so it’s only right that we are now able to reap the rewards of that effort. Progressing in Europe is also a chance to gain experience. I am happy with the performance.’

The Chilean forward could still come face-to-face with his old team-mates in the final of Europe’s second-tier tournament later this month after Red Devils also booked their place in the latter stages last night following a 7-1 aggregate victory over LASK.