Chelsea & Manchester City on alert over Chilean winger

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Chelsea and Manchester City are amongst the clubs ‘on alert’ over Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez.

Corriere dello Sport claims Juventus are looking to bring the player to Italy at the end of the season, after the 24-year-old fell down the pecking order at the Nou Camp under Tito Vilanova.

Indeed, Sanchez has struggled since the arrival of Cesc Fabregas and the emergence of Pedro, with Lionel Messi also ahead of the former Udinese starlet in the line-up.

That’s led to speculation over a move to Italy, and talkSPORT goes on to report that the interest of the Turin giants could alert Premier League clubs over a move.

Chelsea and Manchester City are amongst the teams mooted by the radio station as potentially interested parties, whilst current league leaders Manchester United are also said to be keen.

All three chased the player in the summer of 2011, according to the report, but plenty has changed in the 20 months that have followed at two of those clubs in particular.

At Chelsea, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich remains owner, but the Blues now have Rafael Benitez in charge on an interim basis following the departure of Roberto Di Matteo in November.

The Blues also got a good look at Sanchez in the Champions League last season, with captain John Terry sent off for kneeing the player in the back of his legs during a semi-final, second leg in Catalonia.

It didn’t stop the Stamford Bridge outfit from securing a 2-2 draw against the La Liga giants however, with Chelsea going on to lift the famous trophy for the first time in their history.

For Manchester City, manager Roberto Mancini has lifted their first Premier League title, but the champions are losing their grip on the crown this season.

And, with the departure of Mario Balotelli in the January window, the Citizens have space for an attacking addition at the end of the season.

Sanchez would undoubtedly be an expensive addition, but the Etihad Stadium outfit aren’t short of cash, and the radio station claims Manchester City would be able to meet the player’s asking price. 

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