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Liverpool facing £25m United battle to land 'next Ronaldo'

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Liverpool face further competition in the race to sign Chilean international Alexis Sanchez.

The Udinese star has been monitored by a string of top European clubs in recent seasons, with Liverpool one of those keen to bring the player to the Barclays Premier League at the first opportunity.

Former Reds boss Rafael Benitez was keen to bring the player to Anfield as recently as May, and his Liverpool replacement Roy Hodgson was also thought be interested in bringing the player to Merseyside before his recent departure.

Real Madrid, Lyon, Manchester United and Chelsea are also thought to be interested in signing the player, with Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini telling Calciomercato that the later two aren't the only ones to show a recent interest in the player.

“Chelsea and Manchester United? They are two clubs that have followed him and want him but there are also others" he stated.

“Inter have tried in January just as the other teams did. But the wish of the club is to have Sanchez in Udinese until June.”


 

Sanchez has the ability to play on either flank, and the former River Plate loanee has shot to prominence on the international stage. His versatility and flare have led to the player being dubbed 'the next Ronaldo'.

It's unknown if new Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has taken an interest in the player, but the Merseysiders are keen to add attacking flair following the arrival of NESV as the club's new owners.

Signing Sanchez in the summer now appears to be unlikely for Liverpool or anyone, and with only four full days left in the window he appears set to stay in Serie 'A'.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to trump any bid made by Chelsea, according to Footylatest, as the Red Devils look to bring the player to Old Trafford.

How much Liverpool would be willing to pay for the player remains up for debate, and the end of the season could lead to a summer bidding war for the 22-year-old.

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