Ones to watch

Ones to watch #9: Alexis Sanchez

Discussing football transfers with a friend recently, we were talking about possible transfers in football. I mentioned one name in particular. My friend’s reaction was “Have you seen him? He is sheer class!” upon hearing the name. The player in question? Udinese’s Alexis Sánchez.

A product of Chilean side Cobreloa‘s youth system, Alexis Sánchez signed for Serie A side Udinese in 2006 for US $3 million as a 17-year old and was immediately put on loan for the next two years. The first was to one of South America’s most popular teams Colo-Colo in his native country. The second was to Argentine giants River Plate where he impressed fans and press alike. He made his first appearance in an Udinese shirt in July 2008 and has done nothing but impress since that day.
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Turkish side Galatasaray took note and offered €20 million for the winger upon his return from last summer’s World Cup. It was declined as the Italian club still didn’t feel the Chilean had quite reached his potential. Scoring wonderful and important goals and playing beautiful football made him one of Serie A’s best players in the season just gone. Comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo are being made by the press. One thing is for sure. Sánchez has the technical ability to reach similar heights as the Madrid star. Manchester City and Manchester United have been reportedly very interested in Sánchez. But it could be Barcelona who might have the upper hand as the player has said the Catalan giants is the only club he wishes to play for. Man City might be able to change that with the wads of cash they can afford to blow. Only time will tell. Lucky the club will be that signs Alexis Sánchez.