Manchester United have emerged as the favourites to sign reported Liverpool target Alexis Sanchez.
According to talkSPORT, the agent of the hotly-pursued 22-year-old believes his client will leave Udinese in the summer, and United are reportedly waiting in the wings.
Caughtoffside.com had previously reported that Liverpool were considering a bid for the Chilean winger, but they are now thought to have fallen behind United in the race for the €22 million-rated youngster.
Sanchez is understood to have caught the eye of Liverpool director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, who has an expressed an interest in bringing the precocious attacker to Anfield in the summer.
But United have already sewn the seed in the mind of Sanchez - having previously registered their interest - and he is now thought to favour a move to Old Trafford.
"We have looked at Sanchez and he has impressed us, as have other players," said the United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson. "He has had very good games and is an interesting project."
Liverpool are unlikely to give up on the highly-rated starlet, however, and a bidding war between the two great rivals could ensue in the closed season after Sanchez's agent admitted his client would leave Serie A.
"Various clubs have shown an interest and he will leave Udinese at the end of the season," said Fernando Felicevich - as quoted by talkSPORT.
"Despite everything that has been said and written, neither I nor the club have received offers for Sanchez [in January]. But I can confirm he will change clubs in June."
Along with Liverpool and United, Sanchez - dubbed 'the next Cristiano Ronaldo' - has been on the radar of a number of top European clubs - with Chelsea and Real Madrid allegedly monitoring his progress.
Sanchez has long be earmarked as a star for the future after he was ranked by World Soccer magazine in 2007 as one of the 50 most exciting teenage footballers in the world, alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero and Bojan Krkic.
The tricky winger joined Udinese three years ago and the Italian side have reportedly had to consistently fight off interest for Sanchez - the most notable being a reported €12 million bid from United last year.
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