Barcelona are considering tabling a transfer bid for Chilean wing wizard Alexis Sanchez, with one of the Blaugrana’s head scouts present at Udinese’s Serie A match at Genoa, Goal.com International can reveal.
Sanchez has developed into one of Europe’s most explosive talents over the past few years and caught the world’s attention last summer with a series of electric displays for his country at the 2010 World Cup.
Manchester United and Inter have been long-term admirers of the 22-year-old, but speculation has intensified over the last 48 hours that the European and world champions are closing in on a €25 million January deal for Sanchez.
Inter coach Leonardo even confessed his admiration for the ex-River Plate starlet on Friday, declaring that he was a “great player” who could have a similar impact on the Nerazzurri as January arrival Antonio Cassano has on Milan.
But Barcelona are considering hijacking Inter’s proposed move, and sent one of their head scouts to Udinese’s Serie A game against Genoa on Sunday afternoon. Sanchez scored in a 4-2 victory.
Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola believes that Sanchez is a perfect fit for the Spanish champions’ 4-3-3 formation, and has all the attributes – pace, skill, dribbling, and quick feet – to light up La Liga.
Although Sanchez’s favoured role is on the right wing – Lionel Messi’s original position – the Chilean also excels on the left of the trident, and fits in to Barcelona’s total football philosophy with his ability to shift around different areas of the attack effortlessly.
Udinese are desperate to keep hold of Sanchez until the end of the season at least, a wish that Barcelona would be prepared to grant as they are happy to add the Chilean to their roster for the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
Sanchez has scored 13 goals in 95 games in his Udinese career so far. His former clubs include Cobreloa, Colo-Colo and River Plate.