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Alexis Sanchez wants Premier League move after falling out with Messi

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Sanchez shone for Chile against Spain last night
Sanchez shone for Chile against Spain last night.

Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez has his heart set on a Premier League move this summer after learning Arsenal, Manchester United & Liverpool all tabled offers for the Chilean international, who Spanish radio station Cadena Cope believe made up his mind to leave the Camp Nou after falling out with Lionel Messi.

Sanchez has been earmarked as the top target of Serie A champions Juventus after failing to establish himself as a star at Barcelona, despite consistently scoring in La Liga last year and ending the campaign with an impressive haul of 19 goals and 12 assists.

The 25-year-old is ready to chase a new challenge and the Premier League is now at the top of his agenda, with well-placed Chilean journalists insisting that he's fed up of playing second fiddle to Messi and feels his talents are best suited to the frenetic, full-throttle style of play enjoyed and celebrated in England.

Dissension in the ranks

Two of Barca's top South American stars are believed to have sown the seeds for a frosty relationship after Messi failed to acknowledge Sanchez after he scored a brace in La Liga last year, despite all the other players sharing in celebrations with the wing wizard.

Sanchez enjoys a healthy relationship with Neymar but isn't particularly fond of Messi, which even the most ardent of Chilean supporters must recognise means their superstar's days with the Catalan giants are numbered.

The forward has instructed his agent to find a new club and that means Europe's top clubs are free to target a quality addition at a relatively reasonable asking price of around £27m, but who will win the race for his signature.

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The race is on

Liverpool were the first club to table a significant, concrete offer for Sanchez, but following successive impressive performances in the World Cup finals for Chile they are far from alone in courting a player with pace, class and a clinical streak in the final third that any centre-forward would be proud of.

Manchester United and Arsenal are both believed to have sounded out the star's agent, who can expect to be very busy over the next few weeks if Chile can maintain their tremendous start to this summer's South American showpiece.

Sanchez helped Chile record a 2-0 victory over Spain that eliminated the defending champions after just six days of the tournament, their second successive victory and one that ensures qualification for the last 16.

Three Premier League giants and Juventus are all playing a waiting game until the tournament finishes, with Sanchez focused on delivering for Chile along with team-mate Arturo Vidal, another much-coveted standout of the European game.

Juventus believe they have the funds and pulling power to match any offer from rivals across the continent, but with Arsenal and United now very much in the race for his signature the lure of playing Premier League football could well prove decisive in one of the summer's long-running transfer sagas.

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