Sanchez set to snub City for Barcelona

AFP, Sunday 19 Jun 2011

Highly-rated Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is set to snub Manchester City and sign for European champions Barcelona this week, according to Chilean press reports on Sunday

Alexis Sanchez

The 22-year-old will sign for 35million euros from Serie A side Udinese, for whom he scored 12 goals last season as they qualified for next season's Champions League, according to El Mercurio.

Sanchez, who also impressed at last year's World Cup finals where Chile reached the second round, will be allowed by Chilean national coach Claudio Borghi to sort out his future this week interrupting his preparation for next month's Copa America.

Sanchez has reportedly been the subject of three concrete bids, from Manchester City, English champions Manchester United and Barcelona.

However, his agent is quoted in the newspaper as saying that the player told him: "Apparently I could become the best player in the world so it is fitting that I play for the best team in the world."

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