Manchester United and Arsenal may need to move quickly for Barcelona star striker

Alexis Sanchez Chile

Barcelona are thought likely to want to sell star striker Alexis Sanchez, although the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United will probably need to move quickly if they want to do a deal - as Barcelona are thought to want an agreement sealed before the World Cup.

Chilean international winger Sanchez has been strongly linked with a Barcelona exit this summer, with Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly among the interested parties.

The 25-year-old joined the Catalans from Udinese in 2011 for a reported €26m, although his first season was mired by injuries, last season was his best for the club - despite the massive competition for places upfront.

With Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on the lookout for some much-needed added quality in the final third, the Daily Mail recently reported that the Gunners are interested in both Barcelona's Sanchez and Pedro.

Although Pedro might be difficult to tempt away - due to his youth ties with the club - Sanchez could be a possibility for Arsenal this summer, and a reported £20m asking price would appear to be a bargain for a player who has contributed to 19 goals and ten assists in just 27 La Liga matches this season.

Arsenal, however, aren’t the only Premier League team thought to be taking an interest in Sanchez, as Manchester United could also be in the frame.

Louis Van Gaal’s appointment as Manchester United boss has sparked off a number of rumours about signings this summer, and the Barcelona star would fit in perfectly with the Red Devils’ famed footballing philosophy of fast, direct play.

If Arsenal, Manchester United and even Serie A champions Juventus (also said to be mulling over a bid) wish to conclude a deal for Sanchez, however, they may have to move quickly, as Spain's Diario Sport claim that Barcelona aim to sell the striker before the start of the World Cup:

 

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