Stamford Bridge unlikely until summer for Chile star.
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Chelsea are reportedly earmarking Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez as the man to bring the Premier League champions out of their midseason slump.
Sanchez, who starred for Chile at last summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa, has be attracting the attentions of a whole host of top European clubs in recent weeks, with Inter Milan thought to keen to take the 22-year-old to San Siro to help boost their ailing season, although the player is said to be keen only on a move to the Premier League.
However, with the player, who has scored five times in 19 Serie A appearances for Udinese so far this season, under contract with the Bianconeri until June 2014 having signed from River Plate in the summer of 2008, the West Londoners will need to pay in excess of £25 million if they want to get their man.
And Udinese head coach Francesco Guidolin remains adamant that Sanchez is going nowhere, for now at least:
“I know Udinese is a serious club,” said Guidolin. “The club have reiterated that Sanchez will remain at Udinese until the end of the season and I have no doubts on this matter.
“Of course, if a tempting offer would arrive it would be right for the club to evaluate it but I believe that Alexis can still grow from here on until the end of the season if he stayed with us.
“After that, he is destined, considering the quality he has shown for some time, to join a top club.” (Sportingo)
Udinese star Alexis Sanchez has been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United for a very long time.
The Chilean played on the wing before Francesco Guidolin moved him to the classic no. 10 position of just behind the forwards, and it has given him an additional angle to his game.
This versatility would certainly be welcomed at Old Trafford, where creativity from central midfield is generally lacking, but should he sign for Chelsea it would almost certainly be as one of the wide forwards.
Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka are 30 and 31 respectively, and the 22 year-old Sanchez could add youth, pace and penetration to an ageing forward line alongside the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Gael Kakuta.
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