Manchester City and Barcelona have been trumped by Manchester United in the race for Alexis Sanchez’s signature, with chief executive David Gill flying to Barcelona to meet with Udinese negotiators, according to the Daily Mirror.
Sanchez reportedly favours a move to Manchester United over Barcelona or Manchester City, and while his representatives have met with all three clubs, they are keen to broker a deal with Gill to see Sanchez make the move to his preferred club.
Manchester City had sent representatives to Spain to try and make a bid worth more than United or Barca could afford, but with Sanchez’s wishes leaning towards a move to Old Trafford, Manchester United look to have beaten two of their biggest rivals to the 22-year-old's signature.
Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly sees Sanchez as a good replacement for Paul Scholes, and believes that Sanchez will be a perfect second signing behind England international youngster Phil Jones.
While Sanchez was considering a move to Barcelona, the forward sees Manchester United as able to offer more game time. United are also much more willing to pay the £27 million that Udinese are asking for the star, while the Spanish side have reportedly had problems with a limited transfer budget.
Manchester City will now be widening their search as they look to build a side capable of winning trophies next season.