Chilean midfielder will not move to Old Trafford until summer.
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Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini insists Alexis Sanchez is going nowhere in this month’s transfer window, despite speculation linking him with Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson is understood to have been tracking the 22-year-old Chilean for a long time, while Inter Milan are also thought to be keen on the youngster.
Sanchez, who arrived at the Stadio Friuli four years ago, revealed at the end of last month he is keen to ply his trade at an English club.
But while Larini admits the forward, who is contracted until 2015, could depart the Serie A outfit at the end of the season, he is adamant a move this month is out of the question.
“Sanchez away in January? We have already said and reiterated that he doesn’t move until June,” Larini told Sky Sport Italia.
“All the recent rumours are not true. Sanchez is followed by many big clubs and it is possible that in June the property decides to sell him.
“But now Udinese needs him, he is young and can only improve.” (Sky Sports)
The versatility of Alexis Sanchez would be of immediate use to Manchester United.
With the Old Trafford club short of wingers in the new year due to the departure of Ji-Sung Park to the Asian Cup and Antonio Valencia’s long term injury, Sanchez could fill in excellently.
However, in the long term Sanchez looks set to play as a number 10 – a creator from attacking central midfield.
The Chilean started this season at Udinese on the wing with the inconsistency that plagued his early time at the club, but since being restored to the starting XI as a fantastista he has flourished.
If Manchester United do sign Alexis Sanchez in the summer, his ability to create from the centre in attacking areas will be most welcome indeed.
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