Alexis Sanchez is debating a move away from Manchester United just nine months after his mega-money switch from Arsenal.
It is believed the Chilean’s representative has been sounding out potential suitors across Europe to gauge the level of interest in the 29-year-old.
Sanchez has endured an indifferent season, his last-gasp winner against Newcastle a fortnight ago the first goal he has scored since April.
Jose Mourinho has not been enamoured by the forward’s displays and has left Sanchez — back in training on Friday after international duty — out of his starting line-up in more than half United’s games this term.
The United manager is thought to be more impressed by his defensive diligence than attacking threat.
Sources claim Sanchez’s split with girlfriend Mayte Rodrigruez has had an impact on his performances.
Whether any club would be willing to match his astronomical wages — in the region of £450,000 a week — remains to be seen.
United head to Chelsea on Saturday needing a result after a stumbling start to the season.
Sources believe Mourinho is trying to create a siege mentality ahead of a blockbuster run of fixtures, including a Champions League double header against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus and the Manchester derby on November 11.
Mourinho’s inner sanctum have become increasingly private at Carrington amid a run of just one win in five games, with attention placed on the immediate more than ever before.
For Mourinho, the desperation for instant results and uncertainty over his future means any long-term planning has been put on the backburner.