INTER MILAN have included Alexis Sanchez in their Europa League squad – in a fresh sign they are nearing a permanent deal for the Manchester United flop.
A strong end to the campaign in Italy has helped persuade Antonio Conte’s side to take a punt on the Chilean.
Three goals and seven assists helped Inter claim second place in the Serie A standings with Sanchez coming off the bench in Saturday’s win at Atalanta.
Inter will hope the 31-year-old can maintain his form in the Europa League knockouts set for later this month.
On Monday, the Nerazzurri included him in their 25-man selection for the shortened showdown.
Chelsea loanee Victor Moses is also in the squad, anticipating an extension of his stay from West London.
Reports in England and Italy deem it increasingly likely that Sanchez will remain in Milan past the summer.
An announcement of his transfer could be made as early as Wednesday night, when Inter face Getafe in the last-32 of the Europa League.
The Premier League giants are said to not be interested in a fresh loan move for Sanchez or fellow Serie A star Chris Smalling, who is at Roma.
And the former Arsenal striker is reportedly happy to take a pay cut from his mega £400,000 weekly wage in Manchester to secure the switch.
If Sanchez does make his move permanent in the coming days, he would theoretically be allowed to face United if they meet in the Europa League final on August 21.