City to rival United in their €30m 'Nino Maravilla' pursuit

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Heavily coveted Serie A sensation Alexis Sanchez is a step closer to moving to Manchester City according to

The 22-year-old Udinese starlet has also been linked with a summer switch to neighbours Manchester United.

However, City have moved ahead in the race for Sanchez's signature after Eastlands representatives watched the talented forward in yesterday’s home league encounter with Lazio.

Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook was in attendance at the Stadio Friuli, alongside European scout Barry Hunter and Football Adminstrator Officer Brian Marwood.

Sanchez is widely regarded as one of South America's hottest properties after the Chilean winger exploded onto the scene at last summer's 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


And Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is keen to bring him to Eastlands when the transfer window reopens in June.

A source close to the Italian club stated that Udinese would not be willing to sell Sanchez for less than €30million, and said that should they qualify for next season's Champions League, then he would not be leaving the club altogether.

Sir Alex Ferguson retains hope of convincing Sanchez to move to Old Trafford on the proviso that the Chilean international favours Manchester United, the club he supported as a young boy.

As long-term admirers of 'Nino Maravilla' the Red Devils could still rival the Citizens for the player's signature in the summer.

Despite Manchester City's vast spending power, they will not want to get into a tug-of-war with their rivals over the player.

Manchester United still have a greater global appeal than City when it comes to signings, even if the latter also qualify for the Champions League next season.

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