Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez is set to leave the Nou Camp, according to the Daily Star.
Sanchez is said to be unhappy with the La Liga giants, and is considering his options with a possible move to the English Premier League on the cards.
Liverpool and Manchester United are understood to be interested in the Chilean, who is currently with his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
He scored in their opening game against Australia in a 3-1 victory and played a part in the second goal during his country’s win over Spain last night, as his free-kick could only be parried by Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas before Charles Aranguiz scored the rebound.
Since signing from Udinese for £23million in July 2011, his record in Spain’s Primera Division reads 39 goals in 88 games – almost a goal every other game. 19 of those strikes came last season as he recorded his best overall tally of 21 in all competitions.
This included the winner in the first El Clasico of the season, a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Elche and the opening goal of the league decider against Atletico Madrid which Barca went on to draw as they surrendered their crown. He set up a further 10 goals as Gerardo Martino’s men also fell just short in the Copa del Ray.
Sanchez’s career began in his native Chile in the youth team of local club Cobreloa where his impressive performances saw Serie A side Udinese come calling at the tender age of 17, while he also made his full international debut the same year.
As part of a maturation project with the Italian club, he remained in his homeland as he was immediately sent out on loan to Colo-Colo where he won two league titles. A second loan spell came with River Plate the following year, where he once again added a domestic title medal to his collection.
He officially joined the White-Blacks for the 2008/09 season and after two fairly goal-dry campaigns, he registered 12 in 2010/11 and set up another 10 as Udinese rose from 15th to fourth and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. His excellent displays during that season led to him being named as the world’s most promising youngster in a FIFA.com poll.
This attracted the attention of then Barca coach Pep Guardiola, who saw that the first Chilean to play for the club would fit into all three attacking positions in his philosophy.
Sanchez won four trophies during his first season at the Nou Camp including the Supercopa de Espana and UEFA Super Cup within one month of signing a five-year deal. The FIFA Club World Cup followed in December, along with the Copa del Ray in May after Barca finished as domestic runners-up and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
He scored 12 league goals that year and another eight followed in 2012/13 under the late Tito Vilanova, as Barca regained La Liga with a total of 100 points.
While his contributions may not live up to those of Lionel Messi, Sanchez has certainly played a significant part during his three-year spell.
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