The Telegraph has reported that Manchester United have made a bid to sign Udinese’s Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez. Previously Manchester City thought they had their man and were sitting down to discuss personal terms with the player – but in an unexpected twist it has now emerged that the player’s representatives had a further meeting with United. It’s now rumoured that the player would prefer a move to United.
Neither of the Manchester clubs have yet to have agreed a fee – but Udiense have accepted that the player can leave in the summer and is free to discuss a move. Personal terms are not said to be an issue for either club. It was previously thought that Udiense would be holding out for a fee in the region of £35.4m for Sanchez – but they would now be prepared to consider offers in the range of £18m – £26.5m. If Sanchez did choose United over City then it would be a significant blow to Manchester City’s transfer plans – because Sanchez was seen as their key signing. Manchester City have been tracking the player’s progress for months and further talks were held with the player three weeks ago and it was thought the deal was on the verge of being completed.
Manchester City may have vast resources – but they still would not have wanted to be rivalled for their transfer targets by Manchester United. United still have greater global appeal in terms of signings – even if Manchester City will also be playing in the Champions League next season.