Born-Offside looks at Copa America star and transfer target of Europe’s elite clubs; Alexis Sanchez…

With a move to Barcelona faltering Alexis Sanchez remains a key target for Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Inter Milan.

The 22-year-old winger has emerged as one of the hottest talents in Europe this season and could command a fee of up to €50million.

“There are no definite agreements regarding Sanchez,” said Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini. The Udinese chief also explained the large valuation on the player’s head.

“You do not have to see it as an expensive transfer, since I am sure Madrid will not win anything next year if Barca sign him. I am sure this alone is enough to justify his price.

“That is the math they should do, besides thinking they will be signing a rising star just 22 years old who will bring much joy for at least a decade.”

Sanchez ponders his big money move

But is Sanchez worth the money? He has certainly been the most eye-catching winger in Serie A last season, netting an impressive 12 league goals.

His array of step-overs are flashy but effective as Palermo goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu discovered. The Chilean bamboozled the keeper with multiple step-overs before slotting into the net.

The goal was the second of four Sanchez scored that day. The feat allowed Sanchez to join an elite list of 11 other players to have scored four goals in one Serie A match that includes Roberto Baggio, Marco van Basten, and Christian Vieri, among others.

There are high hopes for Chile in this summer’s Copa America, Sanchez will be integral to their chances of success in Argentina.

He already has an impressive total of 13 goals in 37 games for his country and was key in the team that escaped the group stage of last year’s World Cup in South Africa.

Sanchez celebrates one of his 13 goals for Chile

Barcelona remain favourites for Sanchez’s signature although Manchester City and Chelsea are willing to pay more for the Chilean.

Wherever he goes Alexis Sanchez will be one of the stars of European football for a the next decade.

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