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Arsenal can lay down a marker


Barca favourites to sign Sanchez

Udinese president Franco Soldati claims that Barcelona are favourites to sign in-demand winger Alexis Sanchez ahead of several of Europe's top sides.

Sanchez, 22, has been the subject of intense interest this summer following an impressive campaign that saw him bag 12 goals and help the Bianconeri to a fourth place finish in Serie A.

But Soldati insists the Spanish champions head a lengthy queue that includes Premier League duo Manchester United and Manchester City, plus Serie A rivals Juventus.

Although Udinese are guaranteed a spot in the playoff round of next season's Champions League, Sanchez seems keen to secure an opportunity to play for one of Europe's bigger clubs and the Chile international look set for the Camp Nou.

Speaking to Radio Sportiva on Monday, Udinese chief Soldati said: "There are some English sides looking at Sanchez, as Manchester City and United have been tracking him all year. So have Barcelona, and at this moment they are the favourites ahead of Juventus."

With Barcelona also reportedly eyeing up Villarreal's wantaway striker Giuseppe Rossi, Sanchez went public on Monday regarding his desire to move to the European champions.

He told Futbol: "Barcelona would be a splendid destination. The interest of great clubs makes me proud. It means I am doing well.

"I want to progress, play and win important trophies and to do this you need to play for the most prestigious clubs. Therefore I hope to have this chance."


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