One of Manchester United’s long term targets is now firmly on the radar of other top European clubs, most notably Barcelona, after his weekend heroics for Udinese. Alexis Sanchez has been watched by United scouts on many occasions but it was Barcelona observing the Chilean in devastating form last Sunday when they rolled over Palermo 7-0, with Sanchez finding the net four times.
Barcelona are increasing their interest and will be reviewing his performances over the next couple of months with a view to making a bid in the summer according to Sport.es.
Sanchez is one of the rising stars in World football, known for his superb technical ability, he mostly operates as a forward but can also play on the right side midfield. Even at 22 he has made over 30 appearances for his country and played in all of their 2010 World Cup games.
His current club rate him at around £35 million which could prove a stumbling block for United with their transfer budget significantly reduced in the last couple of years. However arch rivals Manchester City would have no qualms in spending that sort of money with manager Roberto Mancini showing interest in the past. Mancini was a keen admirer in his time at Inter but at the time Sanchez had no intention to leave his current club.
This now looks to have changed however after the 22-year-old’s agent confirmed that this season could well be his last in Udinese as he plans to further his career, with a number of top clubs across Europe keen admirers of his ability.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been vocal in his admiration of the South American, and interest is also high in Serie A with Juventus and Inter reportedly monitoring the player’s situation.
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