Manchester United are set to gazump Manchester City and win the race for Alexis Sanchez, it has been claimed.
Initial reports suggested that City were closing in on the Chilean winger-cum-striker after representatives entered into discussions with Sanchez’s employers Udinese.
However, according to The Telegraph, United have also held talks with the Serie A club and remain confident they can finalise a deal that will see the 22-year-old move to Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson has previously gone on record to state his admiration for Sanchez and it has been reported that he personally intervened in order to try to convince the forward that a move to Old Trafford represented the right choice.
Last month Sky Sports Italia alleged that the United boss had sent his brother Martin Ferguson to watch the youngster at close quarters as Udinese took on Roma at the Stadio Friuli.
However, insidefutbol.com added that Ferguson’s trip to Udine was wasted after Sanchez played no part in the match due to a thigh injury sustained in the warm up.
United are, however, expected to bid for the wing sensation in the summer, with a fee of around £26.5 million said to be enough to secure his signature.