Manchester United have moved ahead of Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus in the race to sign Udinese flyer Alexis Sanchez.
David Gill, United’s chief executive, is reported to have met the Bianconeri’s president Gino Pozzo yesterday in an effort to hammer out a deal.
It is thought the Red Devils are ready to offer £27 million to steal the forward from under the noses of their neighbours, who were apparently in pole position to sign the Chilean earlier this week following comments made by Pozzo.
He said Manchester City’s financial strength made them the favourites to conclude the deal, although he tellingly left the door open for other clubs willing to match any offer made by the Citizens.
“I think it is 50-50 he will stay, if Sanchez were to leave I would give City the highest percentage to sign him because English football is rich and it knows how to value young talent,” Pozzo commented.
“Inter, Juventus, Barca and City are all after Sanchez but no concrete offers reflecting the value of the player have arrived.
“I’ve already spoken with Alexis and his agent and I think they will understand I can’t give him away.”
Since then, United have apparently expressed their willingness to match Udinese’s valuation for the player, who starred for Chile in last year’s World Cup in South Africa.
As a result, the player’s agent has revealed that the Red Devils are very much in the hunt to secure his client’s services.
“An agreement with City? Sanchez’s future is still very much wide open,” Fernando Felicevich told the Sun.
“We are working on it and, after meetings with City, we have other new appointments.”
United are already close to announcing deals for David de Gea and Ashley Young and wrapped up the signing of Phil Jones earlier this week.
Should they also add Sanchez to their ranks they will look good bets to win the Premier League title for the second year in succession at 7/4.
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