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Anfield Or Stamford Bridge For €40M South American Sensation?

Roman Abramovich’s recent renewal of his penchant for spending great big wads of cash is set to be continued in the summer with a move for Chilean wonder-kid Alexis Sanchez. Most of Europe’s big clubs have been sniffing around the 22-year-old sensation for some time, but Sanchez is for now contracted to Udinese, who are currently 3 points off a Champions League position in Serie A.

Sanchez plays as an attacker, either on the wing or up front, and has earned rave reviews with he performances for the Bianconeri, who finished a lowly 10th last season but are flying high in the Italian top flight this term. The Chilean international has 11 goals from 24 games so far, and has already earned 32 caps for Chile, having made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2006.

After a particularly poor patch halfway through this season, Roman Abramovich stepped in to relieve the pressure with some massive signings.  Fernando ‘cow’s arse – banjo’ Torres signed in a British record £50million transfer from Dalglish’s Liverpool, while David ‘Mungo Jerry’ Luiz arrived in a €23million move from Portuguese champions Benfica. Chelsea’s billionaire owner is now apparently ready to carry on his spending spree to guarantee the Blues maintain their place towards the top of the Premier League.

However, Liverpool are believed to be a serious contender for Sanchez’s signature, with the Merseyside club thought already to have made a €35million bid to acquire the Chilean’s services. Kenny Dalgish has already brought Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to the club and his attacking intentions are reinforced with news of his interest in Udinese’s swashbuckling winger/forward.

However, the player himself is trying to avoid the speculation, and is looking to concentrate on his football,

“At the time I’m definitely not thinking about transfer market; I’m just focused on doing my best for Udinese, game after game”

Even with Udinese performing so well in the league, it seems unlikely that the young star, who used to play for River Plate will be staying in Udine for long, and his compatriot, Chilean legend Ivan Zamorano, thinks the attacker will go on to be a true great,

“I don’t think he will stay much longer at Udinese following his most recent performances. I’m convinced that he will be better than me and Marcelo Salas. His youthfulness will allow him to become a great player.”

It seems that Sanchez will soon be departing his current club, one way or the other, and it may well prove to be a battle between two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs for the signature of one of world football’s hottest properties.

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