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Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Robin Van Persie might all be in Brazil but the eyes of Manchester United fans will all be on a man who won’t step onto the pitch at all this summer.
Since Louis Van Gaal was announced as David Moyes’ successor a few weeks ago, United have been linked with a host of players, as the twenty times champions of England desperately need to bolster their squad ahead of next season after a shambolic campaign under David Moyes.
While Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos are unlikely to leave Bayern Munich and Luke Shaw’s transfer from Southampton looks to have stalled, Alexis Sanchez has now emerged as the latest name on Louis Van Gaal’s list.
While United’s interest hasn’t led to a bid as yet, the Barcelona winger would represent a huge coup for the 2013 Premier League winners given he offers pace, goals and creativity – qualities neither Ashley Young nor Antonio Valencia or Nani have been able to provide over the last couple of seasons.
Sanchez would represent a perfect fit for Van Gaal’s 4-3-3 formation, given his ability play on either wing as well as a secondary striker and the Dutchman is likely to keep a close eye on the Barcelona man when Holland and Chile meet on June 23rd.
Despite being only 25, this summer’s World Cup will be Sanchez’s second and having spent three years at the Camp Nou since joining from Udinese in 2011, the Chilean isn’t short of Champions League experience either nor is he fazed by the pressure that comes with playing for a big club.
The Chilean scored 21 goals and assisted a further 17 in 54 games in all competitions for Barcelona last season but reports suggest that he might be available for just over £20m, a fee United should consider more than reasonable given his talent.