Alexis Sanchez has been offered a lucrative five-year contract to join Juventus according to reports, seemingly putting the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool at serious risk of missing out on the Chilean international.
According to speculation from the Italian media cited by The Daily Express, the Serie A champions are leading the race to sign Sanchez - a man who has also apparently been subject to official bids from that aforementioned Premier League duo - but have yet to come to an agreement with Barcelona over his £20 million asking price.
A lack of an accepted offer would appear to offer Sanchez's other suitors a crumb of comfort, although it looks like they will have to move rather swiftly to have any chance of convincing the player that his future does not lie in Turin.
25-year-old Sanchez - a quick and skilful winger who can also play as a striker if required - joined Barcelona from Juventus' domestic rivals Udinese back in 2011 and has featured on a regular basis for the Catalan giants.
A winner of one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey tournament, Sanchez was often a crucial part of Barcelona's attacking setup.
However, with Gerardo 'Tata' Martino now having departed the club, it looks as if Blaugrana are entering somewhat of a period of transition under the management of the charismatic Luis Enrique, with several first-team players' futures seemingly under threat.
Despite his obvious fondness for theatrics, Sanchez would be a very welcome addition to the Premier League if indeed the likes of Liverpool or Manchester United were to match Barcelona's asking price.
After a truly dire 2013/14 campaign following the appointment of David Moyes, the excitement and sheer spark provided by a player of Sanchez's undoubted quality could be just what Manchester United need heading into a season in which they will not be competing in the Champions League.
Louis van Gaal - who will take the reigns as the Red Devils' next permanent manager following the Netherlands' upcoming World Cup campaign - is said to be a fan of Sanchez, while Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is clearly on the hunt for further attacking recruits following the signing of England international Rickie Lambert, who joined the Reds from Southampton earlier this week.
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