Manchester United and Manchester City have been boosted in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez, with the top-rated target hitting a snag in his deal with Barcelona, according to the Daily Mirror.
Sanchez, who has been dubbed by Spanish media ‘the next Messi’, was set to join Barcelona this summer, despite constant interest from both Manchester City and Manchester United.
Barca were reportedly willing to offer a player-plus-cash deal for the star, with the Spanish giants hoping to hand over Suarez Jeffren, worth £10 million, and £17 million in cash. But Jeffren is not willing to leave, and Barcelona are tight for money this summer, so the club either need to find another player worth £10 million or find the cash.
Manchester United have long been connected with Sanchez, and while Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly included the Chile international in his budget for the transfer period, Manchester City were hoping to beat their rivals to Sanchez with an outlandish £40 million bid.
But Sanchez was reportedly given the choice of where he moves to next season, and over Manchester United and City he chose Barcelona. Though if a payment can’t be agreed to between the clubs, United and City will be back in the mix for the star’s signature.
Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo confirmed that the Barcelona bid hadn’t been agreed to yet.
“This soap opera is disappointing, but Sanchez is still an Udinese player,” Pozzo said.
“I am curious to see what he would do alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but deals are only completed when there is a signature.
“Up until this point, the right financial offer hasn’t arrived, not even from Barcelona, so we are quite some way off a sale.
“If Sanchez played for a big club already he would be worth €50m, but we are not a big club.”