Manchester United open talks to sign Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez

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Manchester United have moved ahead of a host of rivals in the race to sign Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, reports La Stampa.

The Red Devils have been tracking the Chile international as Barcelona look to revamp their squad after a disappointing campaign. Luis Enrique is allowing Cesc Fabregas to leave and Sanchez looks set to follow him out of the door.

Juventus looked favourites to sign Sanchez, who made his name in Serie A with Udinese before joining Barcelona. However, Manchester United have used their massive transfer budget to muscle in on negotiations and are now ready to meet Barcelona's asking price.

The Serie A champions have been in talks with Barcelona for some time but their talks have mainly revolved around trying to get Nou Camp officials to lower the €25m price tag with Juventus holding out with an €18m.

Their reluctance to pay what Barcelona are asking appears to have back fired as Manchester United have now told the La Liga giants that they will pay the €25m for the exciting goal scorer.

Although that bid is likely to see off competition from Juventus, it remains to be seen whether Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham will respond to Manchester United's movements.

Brendan Rodgers has Champions League football to offer at Anfield, making it a potential more attractive offer for the Chilean. Tottenham at least have Europa League football to offer, while Manchester United, of course have none.

However, Louis van Gaal has the reputation necessary to attract top players despite their lack of presence in European football. His huge transfer budget allows him to sweep competition aside and Manchester United are now firm favourites to land Sanchez.

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