United target scores again – but they should forget about signing him

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In-form Alexis Sanchez hit the back of the net as Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 3-0 last night, and looks to be an important man at Camp Nou.

After Manchester United’s limp summer in the transfer market, rumours over who the Premier League champions will be targeting in January and next summer have been rife in the press.

One man that has been spoken of as a potential addition is Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez.

With the arrival of Neymar over the summer to the Catalan giants, it was believed that the Chile international would be limited to fleeting appearances on the pitch.

However, the ex-Udinese attacker is in great form and netted for Gerardo Martino’s men once more last night.

A clever finish to open the scoring sparked as the catalyst for a 3-0 Barcelona win over Celta Vigo.

Sanchez showed his pedigree on the biggest stage with a sumptuous chip in netting Barca’s decisive second goal against Real Madrid in Saturday’s Clasico also.

Last night’s goal makes it seven in nine La Liga appearances for the Blaugrana this term – only Lionel Messi has scored more for the Camp Nou outfit.

The Chile international has been in and out of the team, with Messi, Neymar, Pedro and Cristian Tello all fighting for starting berths in attack.

However, with the South American in form, it seems that he is living up to his billing and vindicating the substantial transfer fee that Barcelona paid to bring him to Spain in 2011.

There is no doubt that Sanchez would be an excellent addition to David Moyes’ squad, but the likelihood of Barcelona allowing him to leave or the player wanting to move to Old Trafford is slim.

As such, United should look to other targets and not waste time on this. One of the main transfer failings over the summer was the protracted and unsuccessful attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas. The former Arsenal man has revealed since that he had no intention of signing for United, yet they spent a considerable amount of time focusing their efforts on bringing him to Old Trafford. This happening again, this time with Sanchez, would not be productive.

Players that are in-form and favour at Barcelona and Real Madrid are very unlikely to be available for transfer, and with United’s less-than convincing state of affairs at the moment, Sanchez won’t be moving to Manchester any time soon.

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