Anfield side target Chilean forward.
Italian source TuttoMercato are today reporting that Liverpool are readying an ambitious move to lure Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez to Anfield.
Having previously been linked with apparent interest in veteran striker David Villa it seems that the Merseyside club have changed tack and opted to push for the former Udinese man, who moved to the Nou Camp in June 2011.
Though the 23 year old didn’t have the most explosive first seasons at the Catalan club it would still be a major coup if Liverpool were to persuade Barcelona to sell a player they only signed 16 months ago for a fee that could reach as much as £29m (dependent on incremental bonuses).
However it does appear that new boss Tito Vilanova doesn’t seem to see Alexis as a first team regular in his attacking plans.
Last term the Chilean international made 41 appearances in all competitions, usually used on the right hand side of a three pronged attack, this term he appears to be used more on the left flank and is having to share that spot with David Villa as Pedro gets an extended run on the right hand side of the attack. Perhaps most tellingly Alexis was not named in Vilanova’s starting eleven for the El Clasico on the weekend, perhaps helping to fuel rumours of a possible exit.
Clearly Liverpool could well do with some attacking alternatives as currently Brendan Rodgers can only call upon Luis Suarez, who has been consistent as ever this term, and Fabio Borini, who has struggled to make an impact following his move to Merseyside, as his only recognised senior strikers.
As a result Liverpool have struggled to convert chances and lack the creativity to produce the ammunition needed to overcome stubborn opposition, as evidenced by the club’s goalless draw at home to Stoke City.
Alexis Sanchez can effectively fill wide or orthodox attacking roles but any move to Liverpool would be a major surprise, not least as any successful bid for the former River Plate man would probably have to exceed or match the amount Barcelona paid for the youngster and it appears the club’s American owners are reticent to splash the cash in the same manner they did under Kenny Dalglish.
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