Stadio Friuli board reject San Siro offer in hope of bidding war including Eastlands club.
Udinese have rejected a £35million bid from Serie A rivals Inter Milan for winger Alexis Sanchez allowing Manchester City the chance to table their own offer.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports the San Siro giants made the bid in order to kick start a summer of rebuilding at the club.
The plan was to get in with an offer before Manchester City do as they are fearful of the Eastlands side spending power now they can offer Champions League football.
Udinese turned down the mega-money deal in hope they can spark a bidding war between the two clubs and increase the money they will get for the 22-year-old.
Club president Giampaolo Pozzo says he regards Chile international as a special player and does not want to lose him for at least another 12 months.
“As far as I am concerned, Sanchez is worth as much as Leo Messi, but admittedly I’m not objective,” said Pozzo.
“He’s one of only two or three players born in every generation.
“We have received an offer of €35m that we rejected. I do not want to name the club, out of respect.
“Sanchez is very young and we’d like him to stay for another year, plus we believe he’s worth more than €35m.”