Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini claims that Manchester United and Chelsea are hoping to add Chile winger Alexis Sanchez to their squads.

The South American has been in excellent form this season and has attracted the attention of top European clubs.

Larini told www.calciomercato.com: "If Sanchez continues like this he can do well. He is a versatile player, with much room for improvement. Chelsea and Manchester United? They are two clubs that have followed him and want him but there are also others."

Inter Milan are among the clubs keen to acquire the 22-year-old's services.

"Inter have tried in January just as the other teams did," Larini said.

"But the wish of the club is to have Sanchez in Udine until June."

When asked about Sanchez's transfer value, Larini added: "We don't set the figure, the market does. The value of the player is liable to vary."

Sanchez moved to Udinese in the summer of 2008 from River Plate and has scored five goals in 20 Serie A appearances for the Bianconeri this season.

He is under contract with the Friuli outfit until June 2014.

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