This is the Barcelona star United really need

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Alexis Sanchez, although it is fellow Barcelona star Alex Song who they really need.

According to the Spanish publication, Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United are believed to want Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, with reports claiming that the Premier League club are to make a €25 million (£20.3m) bid.

The Chilean international has struggled to live up to the high expectations of the Nou Camp faithful, and his time at the club has been marred by lengthy spells on the sidelines.

With Barcelona in a period of transition, this summer a number of stars have been told that they can leave, and Sanchez is one of them.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a return to Italy with Serie A champions Juventus believed to be keen on him, while Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester United also said to be interested.

In United’s case, the Red Devils already boast a number of wingers in Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young, and players such as Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata could also play out wide.

United’s biggest dilemma is the lack of a midfield enforcer, and Barcelona have one who is desperate to return to the Premier League.

Former Arsenal player Alex Song hasn’t been able to force his way past midfield duo Xavi and Sergio Busquets since arriving in Spain, and last season he started just 12 La Liga games.

The Cameroonian international is another player who Barcelona are reportedly willing to let go this summer, and a move to United would undoubtedly benefit both parties.

Strong, powerful, excellent with his tackles and impressive with his passing, the £15m-rated midfielder is a must-have for new boss Louis van Gaal, Moreover, he comes as a far cheaper alternative to the likes of William Carvalho and the previously-linked Toni Kroos.

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