Exclusive - Manchester United agreed to a pay-off in order to encourage Alexis Sánchez to leave the club and join Inter on a permanent basis.
Inter executive Giuseppe Marotta confirmed on Wednesday that a deal has been agreed to keep Sánchez at San Siro, with an official announcement then coming on Thursday morning.
While Inter have long been keen on keeping the Chilean, the financial side of things made discussions harder than they had hoped. Antonio Conte's side refused to pay Sánchez's bumper wage, which sits at just over £390,000-a-week.
United subsidised a large part of the forward's salary to convince Inter to sign him on loan this past season, and a source has confirmed to 90min that the Red Devils have also had to pay a significant amount just to get him off the books early.
With two years left to run on Sánchez's contract at Old Trafford, he stood to take home over £40m and would likely have spent most of his time on the bench. And with United planning for a busy summer which already has them locked in negotiations over an English-record transfer for Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, keeping Sánchez was simply not an option.
The contract which Inter offered Sánchez falls well short of his deal with United, which is why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have handed the 31-year-old a hefty sum to convince him to agree to the terms. The Telegraph put that figure at somewhere between £5m and £10m.
Inter's quest to convince Sánchez to join was also helped by the fact they have offered a three-year deal, one year longer than he had on his contract with United.
A source close to the situation said: “The figure is a big one, but is still saves United money in the long-run and as a club they are just happy to bring the Sanchez chapter to an end.”
Speaking to BT Sport after his side's 2-1 win over LASK, Solskjaer confirmed the exit on United's side and wished Sánchez well for the future.
Both clubs also confirmed the transfer was official on Thursday morning at around 10am.