Alexis Sanchez, one of the stars of this summer’s World Cup and long-time target of Sir Alex Ferguson, has hinted that he’d welcome a move to United in the January transfer window. When questioned regarding his future by Spanish paper AS, Sanchez said:
“United? Sure, I want to play at a club like that”
The Chilean would be an ideal signing for United, who’ve already lost Antonio Valencia for the majority of the season, and would provide the club with the marquee signing that they failed to acquire over the summer. The question of money still hangs firmly over any potential transfers, however. The club announced a pre-tax loss of around £80million over the last 12 months: equal to the amount brought in through the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.
It’s fairly dubious, then, that United have the £20million that it’s reported will be required to tempt Udinese into selling: not that there’s an epic amount of pressure on them to do so, as Sanchex is contracted at the Serie A club until 2014. Udinese have attempted to put the rumours to bed, with sporting director Fabrizio Labrini commenting:
“Sanchez is an Udinese player, and should only be thinking about doing well for his side. The rest are only journalistic inventions and it is not worth following. He is currently paying for being fatigued after the World Cup. We are not even thinking about selling him. We never started the rumour, and it will not be continued by us.”
That’s not exactly the point, though, is it Mr. Labrini? There’s no suggestion that the rumours came out of Udinese. The point is that Udinese are realistically a mid-table Serie A side: which might even prove to be a generous statement, given that they currently sit bottom of the table. So how long can they expect to hold onto one of the brightest talents in world football?
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