Alexis Sanchez is in advanced talks for a loan return to FC Barcelona from Serie A champions Inter Milan. The Catalonian outfit are keen on bringing the Chilean back to the Camp Nou during the January transfer window.
According to reports, FC Barcelona and Inter Milan have reached the beginnings of an agreement for a proposed swap deal that will see Luuk de Jong move to Italy. Both of the transfers would be loans. Sanchez played for Barcelona between 2011 and 2014 and was a teammate of Xavi, who is now the head coach of the club.
The signing of Alexis Sanchez will depend on whether Xavi approves of the move. Former Barcelona player Thiago Alacantara was also in the news for a move back to Spain. Meanwhile, De Jong has failed to adapt to Barcelona’s intensity and demand. Things are not looking good for the Dutchman as the man who wanted him to get to the Camp Nou, Ronald Koeman, is no longer employed.
The forward came via a loan move from Sevilla after he saw himself fall down the pecking order. Despite his lack of performance with Barcelona, there is still an interest for him in the market. Inter would like to get him on loan, and Sevilla are not opposed to the idea.
FC Barcelona keen on a reunion with Alexis Sanchez as Xavi looks to form his core team next year
Inter are happy to loan Alexis Sanchez back to Barca, probably because the 32-year-old has started just two games this season with two goals and three assists from his 14 appearances. De Jong is on loan at Barca from Sevilla, but has found game-time hard to come at Barcelona. Inter are keen on bringing the 31-year-old Dutchman to the San Siro to spruce up their attack.
According to Sport, the Catalan outfit are keen on bringing in Sanchez in January. Meanwhile, Barcelona are currently out of the UEFA Champions League and they will play in the second-tier of European club football, the Europa League.
The Dutchman played full 90 minutes against Osasuna on Sunday. However, newly-appointed manager Xavi is likely to be in favor of a reunion with his former teammate. A few months ago Barcelona re-signed veteran right-back Dani Alves, who was without a club for over a year before joining the Catalans.
FC Barcelona, Sevilla and Inter Milan are now working together to try to complete the various moves. Sanchez would likely be welcome back in Catalonia, where he scored 47 goals and added 35 assists in 141 games during his last stint at the club between 2011 and 2014
Now, it’s seemingly up to Barca boss Xavi Hernandez to sign off on the deal and president Joan Laporta to get it over the line.
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