Our friends at Goal today are bringing us a story from The Times suggesting that Alexis Sanchez is all but officially a Manchester City player, the newspaper reckon the deal will be wrapped up and confirmed when the transfer window opens again in a couple of months.
Sanchez has been watched on numerous occasions by the City hierarchy so far this season and football administrator Brian Marwood has watched the 22 year old as well.
Sanchez moved to Udinese from South America in 2006, but he was loaned back to his native Chile, and then to Argentina in order to gain some more experience. Upon his return to Italy, he has proved an exciting and fine prospect playing for Udinese in Serie A and ever since then there have been numerous reports suggesting that he could soon be on the move to bigger things.
It is reported that the Eastlands club held talks with the player and his representatives over the weekend, and they now have the belief that there is a deal and agreement in place. Sanchez, who has also been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and AC Milan, is one of the most highly regarded young players in world football and it would be somewhat of a coup should Manchester City manage to secure the signing.
The bid that the Manchester side have made is believed to be around the £30million mark, but it is thought it could easily rise to £40million due to various clauses in the deal. The exciting forward is capable of playing on either wing, as well as a striker. He has managed 12 goals in 27 appearances so far this term for Udinese and it is expected that he will only improve as time goes on.
Clearly he would be a great signing for City, with the future of Carlos Tevez up in the air, the addition of Sanchez could be particularly exciting. Should Tevez leave this Summer, more strikers will obviously be recruited and the suggestion is that the signing of Sanchez is a sign that the Argentinean could be on his way this Summer. Whether that is true remains to be seen, but either way Roberto Mancini looks to have secured a fine player that will help the club next season.
There we have it, potentially the first signing of the new transfer window. I suppose it isn’t surprising that it was City that made the first move, but it might be a bit strange that they have potentially beaten Arsenal and Chelsea to such an exciting young player.
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