Wednesday, 15th June, 2011

Alexis Sanchez has revealed, through his advisors, that he wishes to move to Barcelona ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United, according to reports from Spain.

The Chilean is currently the subject of a fierce transfer battle between the trio, while there remains the possibility he may yet remain with Udinese to help guide the Serie A club through their first Champions League campaign.

However, according to Catalan daily Sport, if Sanchez is to leave Udine, then he would like to head to the Camp Nou, believing that he would settle into the style of play and city. Sanchez has also long held the ambition to turn out for the current European Champions.

A switch to Barcelona looks tricky though, unless the Spanish giants increase the amount they have offered for Sanchez. With just €45M (excluding player sales) available for coach Josep Guardiola to spend this summer, and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas once again on the club’s radar, meeting Udinese’s €40M asking price for Sanchez would gobble up the majority of Guardiola’s budget.

English duo Manchester City and Manchester United however would have little difficulty meeting Udinese’s asking price and could also offer superior personal terms to Barcelona.

Left behind in the bidding stakes, Barcelona may well choose to offer a player in part exchange in addition to a smaller fee – the Catalans had an €18M bid for Sanchez turned down just last week – and hope that the Chilean’s desire will prevail.

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