United face £35m Barca battle in race for 'next Ronaldo'

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Manchester United are one of the clubs reportedly in the race to sign Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean international has been earning rave reviews for his performances in Serie 'A', leading to speculation that Sir Alex Ferguson will look to bring the player to Old Trafford in the summer.

Ferguson is a long-time admirer of the 22-year-old, and the Manchester United boss has previously spoken highly of the former Cobreloa player on record.

“He's a young player with a very promising future. Sanchez has so much talent, that if he continues his progression, he could reach the level of Cristiano Ronaldo," said the Scotsman, according to

Udinese are aware of the interest from clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City, and sporting director Fabrizio Larini admits it may be difficult for the Zebrette to keep hold of their prized asset.

"There's little chance that we will block Sanchez from leaving, even though he is an important player for us. There is great market interest, especially abroad, but he may not necessarily go away after this season."

Valued in the region of £35 million, the player has drawn comparisons to Real Madrid star Ronaldo for both his silky skills and impressive trickery.


Manchester United are seen as the most likely destination in England, and with Ferguson's desire to bring the player to Old Trafford the high fee may not be an issue.

That said, the Red Devils chief would look to negotiate in an effort to get the best possible deal for Manchester United.

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