Newspaper Fotomac [as per the Birmingham Mail], report that the Colombian enforcer is being targeted by the Istanbul heavyweights ahead of a potential deadline-day move.
Since taking the reins at Villa Park, Tim Sherwood has wasted little time in remoulding the Midlands giants; the likes of Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede have been introduced in attack, while Micah Richards and Jordan Amavi have been brought in to bolster the backline.
Ligue 1 pair Jordon Veretout and Idrissa Gueye have been signed to enforce the midfield and, along with Ashley Westwood, has given Sherwood a plethora of midfield options.
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Subsequently, Sanchez risks being lost in the shuffle, and has started only two outings so far this term—coming on as a substitute in two other matches.
Besiktas had previously been keen on Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, although admitted defeat in their pursuit after Brendan Rodgers decided he still wanted the player at Anfield [Sky Sports via the International Business Times].