Udinese’s Chilean wonderkid Alexis Sanchez will not be signing for Manchester United in the January transfer window – but a summer move to Old Trafford has not been ruled out.
One of the finest young players at this summer’s World Cup, Sanchez has caught the eye this term with a series of impressive performances in Serie A, and the Chilean international’s trickery and pace have already earned him cult hero status among the Udinese fans.
The player’s chief representative, Fernando Felicevich, told Sport.co.uk:
"For the time being we do not have any fresh news. I don’t think he will move in the January transfer window, but maybe in the summer."
When asked whether United were the favourites to sign his client in the summer, Felicevich continued: "I don’t know, maybe, we will see."
Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly been on the lookout for a promising winger ever since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Old Trafford to Real Madrid in 2008, and the talented 21-year-old nicknamed 'El Nino Maravilla', or ‘the wonder boy’, is understood to be at the top of the Red Devils boss' wish list.
Last November, Felicevich revealed that United scouts had been keeping a close eye on Sanchez, stating:
"Yes they [Manchester United] are watching him, and it could be a possibility in the future. I have heard that another Premier League club also enquired, but they didn’t contact me. The Premier League is a very interesting destination for Alexis but it is only Manchester at the moment."
If the Red Devils decide to make a move, it is understood that Udinese could be persuaded to part with their prized asset for a fee in the region of £15-20 million, but Felicevich was unwilling to comment on a valuation.
"The price? I don’t know, it is up to the club, it is not for me to discuss transfer fees."
Both Sanchez’s ability and his appearance have prompted comparisons with United legend Ronaldo, and Felicevich believes that his client has all the attributes to achieve a similar level of success in England.
"I think his style is perfect for the Premier League, he is very fast, very young, and strong, which I think you need to succeed in the Premier League," he said.
By Liam Twomeycomments