Manchester United are reported to have outlined Alexis Sanchez as a key acquisition for the summer transfer window having encountered problems recruiting preferred target Arjen Robben from Bayern Munich.
Sanchez linked with exit
Sanchez scored 21 goals and provided 15 assists for Barcelona in the recently concluded club campaign, but could still leave the club as new manager Luis Enrique looks to place his own mark on the squad he has inherited.
It is reported by The Sun on Sunday that Manchester United could be destination for Sanchez, although it would take a club record bid to confirm the signing of the Chile international from the Camp Nou.
Sanchez has a release fee of £40 million written into his Barcelona contract - and this proposed transfer would surpass the outlay to recruit Juan Mata from Chelsea in January of this year.
Robben deal a no go
The 25-year-old, however, was not the first attacking target outlined by Louis van Gaal, with the new Manchester United manager having initially hoped to sign Robben - a player currently under his charge at the World Cup.
Robben, though, remains an important part of Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich set-up and the Bundesliga club appear to have no intention of allowing the player to leave, particularly after he signed a new contract only three months ago.
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Arsenal and Liverpool to be transfer rivals
Sanchez, meanwhile, has also been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool as Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers also plan some notable acquisitions before the transfer deadline.
Arsenal have outlined the signing of an established forward as a priority for this summer, while Liverpool are also likely to move for goalscoring reports regardless of what happens with Luis Suarez.