Manchester United Step Up Chase for £16m Winger Dubbed “The Next Cristiano Ronaldo”: Ferguson Wants Alexis Sanchez

Ferguson earmarks Old Trafford capture of Chilean wonderkid.

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June 16, 2010 - South Africa - Football - Honduras v Chile FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 - Group H - Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa - 16/6/10..Alexis Sanchez of Chile and Emilio Izaguirre of Honduras (R.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly keeping a close eye on Chilean wonderkid Alexis Sanchez with a view to making a move for the Udinese man this summer. The 21 year old impressed many with his display against Honduras and has been in fine Serie A form over the past two seasons leading many to believe the youngster is set to make a big money move in the very near future.

The tricky winger has been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo due to his penchant for step overs and burst of pace to beat his marker. Sanchez moved to Italy in the summer of 2008 and has become something of a cult hero at the Stadio Friuli.

Ferguson has reportedly been looking at bringing in more natural width as he sees Ryan Giggs get ever nearer to hanging up his boots and the likes of Gabriel Obertan and Nani continue to flatter to deceive. Although Sanchez plays predominantly on the right he can also play out on the left as well as a second striker.

Rated at around £16m there may be questions about whether the Old Trafford side can afford to spend big this summer given the financial problems at the club but perhaps if the club offloads some of its lesser players they could afford to make such a move.

A number of sides have been linked with a move for the former River Plate starlet with Real Madrid and Barcelona both apparently keen on securing his services. Clearly if he continues to impress in South Africa then both his increasing value and possibility of beating a host of other potential suitors become issues that Sir Alex would have to overcome if he wants to make such a signing.

Earlier interest shown by Sir Alex in Chilean attackerChile were committed to going forward from the off and dominated the opening 45 minutes, with Udinese forward Sanchez showing exactly why he is coveted by Manchester United and Real Madrid. (The Metro)

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