Manchester United are reportedly watching Chilean sensation Alexis Sanchez with great interest.
The 22-year-old forward has been widely tipped to leave Udinese in the summer after catching the attention of Europe’s premier clubs, but the Serie A side are said to holding out for offers in the region of £30 million.
Sir Alex Ferguson has previously gone on record to state his admiration for Sanchez and is known to be keen to bring him to Old Trafford.
According to Sky Sports Italia, the United boss sent his brother Martin Ferguson to watch the youngster at close quarters as Udinese took on Roma at the Stadio Friuli last Saturday.
However, insidefutbol.com reports that Ferguson’s trip to Udine was wasted after Sanchez played no part in the match due to a thigh injury sustained in the warm up.
Dubbed ‘El Nino Maravilla’ – or ‘The Boy Wonder’ in English – Sanchez has been tipped for success since he was ranked by World Soccer magazine in 2007 as one of the 50 most exciting teenage footballers in the world, alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero and Bojan Krkic.
The tricky winger joined Udinese three years ago and the Italian side have reportedly had to consistently rebuff interest in Sanchez - the most notable being a supposed €12 million bid from United last year.
Should United formalise their alleged interest when the transfer window reopens, then they are likely to have to fight of likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona if they wish to bring him to Old Trafford.
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