Chelsea have joined the race for Udinese star Alex Sanchez, with Manchester United and Manchester City both still vying for the star’s signature, according to the Daily Mirror.
While Manchester United chief executive David Gill has reportedly flown out of England to speak to Udinese representatives about signing the Chile international, Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo says City are favourites over United to make the deal.
"I think there is a 50% chance that he will stay in Udine," Pozzo said.
"However, if he was to leave, I would say City have the highest probability of success."
However, one of Sanchez’s consultants says Barcelona are actually favourites for the star’s destination next season, as multiple teams come in to offer the £27 million the Daily Mirror claims has been placed over Sanchez’s head.
“Barca’s very powerful push onto the scene has changed the scenario,” Antonelli said.
But now Chelsea have made a last minute push for Sanchez, after their play for Luka Modric was turned down. This leaves Chelsea with £22 million to put towards a possible bid, as the Blues hope to trump Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona in the race for the star.
Sanchez has netted 22 goals for his side this season, and with comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has kept his eye on the 22-year-old’s performances for months.