Barcelona to sell 18 goal star, good news for Manchester United?

Alexis Sanchez Chile

Manchester United should pay attention to reports Barcelona want to cash in on Alexis Sanchez.

Barcelona are set for a major revamp in the off-season, despite still being in with a shout in the La Liga title race with a game to go.

They have fallen short of their normally exceptional high standards, and just like Manchester United - a summer shake up is expected.

With a potential transfer ban still possible in for future windows, having been deferred this summer, now is the time for the club to act.

Spanish newspaper Marca report that the name at the top of the chopping board is Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez has netted an impressive 18 goals in La Liga in 26 starts, and has 11 assists to his name.

Those are figures which put the wide players at Manchester United to shame.

Marca write: "The 25-year-old looks set for the exit door despite having enjoyed his most prolific season ever." 

Juventus are considered to be keen on signing him, and linking him up with international teammate Arturo Vidal, but the Italians are unlikely to have the finances to pull off such a deal.

United certainly do, and Sanchez would provide an ideal outlet for the Red Devils. Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to sign him in the summer he moved from Udinese to Barcelona, and United arguably need him even more now.

Sanchez's creativity and eye for goal are qualities rarely exhibited by any United player last season, and at 25-years-old he is a player approaching his peak years.

Moving for him early ahead of the World Cup would be shrewd on United's part. It's rare Barcelona consider selling a player at the top of his game, but it's reported that the South American is seen as expendable as they look to raise funds for their own transfer business.

Expected boss Louis van Gaal is a manager who has always sought to exploit talented wide players in his teams, most recently putting together the Robben and Ribery tandem which sets Bayern Munich apart from the rest to this day.

Sanchez can be the first half of such a force at United, and if they were to look at a left-sided player like Antoine Griezmann too, the Red Devils might just become a very exciting side again.

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