The merry-go-round nature of the post-season rumors means a player can be signed by two clubs at the same time! Though that isn't the case yet, Alexis Sanchez is seemingly headed towards the red half of Manchester, despite City being touted as favorites on Tuesday.
The Sun reported that Manchester United chief executive, David Gill, flew to Barcelona on Tuesday to meet Udinese representatives with hopes of sealing a £27million move for the Chilean winger.
United are attempting to steal the much-rated winger/attacking midfielder from under the noses of neighbors and bitter rivals Manchester City, who were said to have moved to pole position for his signing on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old's agent, Fernando Felicevich, told The Sun that no deal with City was made.
An agreement with City? Sanchez's future is still very much wide open. We are working on it and, after meetings with City, we have other new appointments.
Barcelona were favorites to land him initially, but they failed to match his asking price, despite offering a cash-plus-players deal. Untied is now the favorite to sign the player, especially as Sanchez himself is believed to prefer Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Elsewhere, contrary to reports from the United camp that they spent £17million on signing Phil Jones, a statement on the Blackburn website indicates that United offered much more in terms of add-ons.
The Guardian pointed out that the statement - announced a potential club record deal with Manchester United for young England defender Phil Jones. - indicates that since Blackburn's club record is the £17m received from Chelsea for Damien Duff in 2003, the final transfer fee for Jones will be subject to significant add-ons from United.
In terms of outgoing players, the arrival of the highly-rated youngster Jones has pushed United old-guards of John O'Shea and Wes Brown to the door. Brown is looking to leave the side, but is reportedly keen on rejecting a possible move to Sunderland as the 30-year-old wants to stay in the north-west. However, Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is also looking O'Shea too along with midfielder Darron Gibson.