Seven-nil is not a score seen very often, especially in Serie A, however on Sunday, Udinese
put seven unanswered past a shaken Palermo
side inspired by hotshot playmaker Alexis Sanchez
, who scored four goals in the historic match.
The drubbing was unmistakable evidence that Udinese are one of the most exciting sides in Europe, having been sensational in 2011 after a dire start to the season that included four consecutive losses.
In the new year, Udinese's talents have come to the forefront and lifted the team into fifth place in Serie A at present, now challenging for a spot in next season's Champions League campaign.
Memorable matches like the 4-4 draw against league leaders AC Milan, and wins over both traditional Serie A powerhouses Juventus and Inter, have alerted the world to not only the brilliance of Sanchez, but also the other role players on Udinese's books who will become the envy of scouts from top team across Europe, and be the subject of bids in the next transfer window. Goal.com
takes you through the 'most wanted' names from the Stadio Friuli.
| Name: Samir Handanovic (Age 26)
Transfer Value: £9.4 million
Interested Teams: Blackburn, Bayern Munich, Schalke, Zenit
Most Likely Destination: Schalke
The Slovenian has made a name for himself as the club's first choice and with German international Manuel Neuer certain to leave Schalke this summer, the shot-stopper, who has conceded only 30 goals thus far this season, would make a perfect replacement in Gelsenkirchen.
| Name: Cristian Zapata (Age 24)
Transfer Value: £8.5m
Interested Teams: Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester City, Zenit
Most Likely Destination: Arsenal
The athletic centre-back had fallen off the radar for a while, but playing in the centre of a three-man defence in 2010-11, he has developed into a real leader at the back due to both strong and dominant play. Arsenal's interest has been reinvigorated, and many more are lining up for his signature.
| Name: Pablo Armero (Age 24)
Position: Left wing-back
Transfer Value: £6.8m
Interested Teams: Arsenal, Barcelona
Most Likely Destination: Barcelona
Another talented Colombian on the list, the marauding player has become the envy of scouts around the world, but has already stated his preference is to play in a side that prides itself on attacking football, such as Arsenal or Barcelona. There is doubt that he would be an asset to either of those European giants.
| Name: Mauricio Isla (Age 22)
Position: Full-back/ Midfielder
Transfer Value: £7.7m
Interested Teams: Lokomotiv Moscow, AC Milan, Roma
Most Likely Destination: AC Milan
A balanced player, who can defend and attack with aptitude. Quick and effective down the flank, he reportedly has been tempted with a move to the blossoming Russian Premier League with Lokomotiv Moscow, though he would represent a valuable option for an AC Milan side where the full-back positions remain a weakness.
| Name: Gokhan Inler (Age 26)
Position: Central Midfielder
Transfer Value: £11.1m
Interested Teams: Fiorentina, Inter, Manchester City, Napoli, Palermo, Zenit
Most Likely Destination: Napoli
The deep-lying playmaker is known as a poor-man's Andrea Pirlo and has constantly been linked with a move to Napoli over the last year. Reports indicate the move to the Stadio San Paolo will finally happen in in the summer of 2011, as the World Cup participant makes the next step up in his career.
| Name: Kwadwo Asamoah (Age 22)
Position: Central Midfielder
Transfer Value: £12.8m
Interested Teams: Arsenal, Fiorentina, Manchester City, Zenit
Most Likely Destination: Manchester City
The gifted Ghana star, who already has over 20 caps for his country, reportedly signed a new contract with the club until 2015 back in September, but that hasn't stopped clubs from queuing up for his services. He would no doubt fit in well in Roberto Mancini's midfield system at Eastlands.
| Name: Alexis Sanchez (Age 22)
Transfer Value: £34.2m
Interested Teams: Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter, Juventus
Most Likely Destination: Manchester United
Lightning pace, flawless technique, sensational control, and a gifted finisher - Alexis Sanchez is on the wish-list of the top sides across Europe. His potential is frightening and has often been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. Rumours suggest he will be Sir Alex Fergsuon's next superstar at Old Trafford - if they shell out the cash.
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