Manchester United have emerged as favourites to secure Alexis Sanchez’s signature, after Manchester City admitted they were no longer interested in the Udinese star.
"It's true we did track Sanchez, but I think this player is more suited to an Italian club right now," City coach Attilio Lombardo told Radio Crc.
Sanchez has starred for Udinese this season, with the midfielder scoring 12 goals in total for the Serie A side, as well as shining for homeland Chile in the 2010 World Cup.
Sanchez’s tender age of 22 has attracted Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly trying to bring in younger players to continue rebuilding the United squad.
According to the Daily Mail, Udinese want close to £32 million for the star, and with Manchester United wielding a reported £50 million transfer budget, they could well afford to fork out the high fee.
Sources at the Daily Mail had said that Manchester United had the upper hand to gain Sanchez’s signature anyway, which might imply that City decided it wasn’t worth a fight if it would would drive the price for Sanchez up too high.