Liverpool have been given renewed hope that they can pull off a move for Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez after the player expressed doubts about joining Juventus.
The Chilean winger has been unhappy with his playing time at the Camp Nou this season and has been widely tipped to leave the club this summer.Juventus are thought to be in pole position to land the 25-year-old but confusion over the future of Antonio Conte has reportedly given Sanchez pause for thought.
Sanchez is believed to be very keen to joining compatriot Arturo Vidal in Turin but is only willing to do so if Conte remains in charge.
Negotiations over a new contract for Conte are ongoing but Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has admitted that no announcement is imminent.
And that has opened the door for Liverpool – more stable under Brendan Rodgers – to get back in on the act.Reports suggest that Rodgers may be willing to offer £18m – £7m less than Sanchez cost Barcelona when he joined from Udinese – to bring the player to Anfield.
Fabio Borini would be the player to make way at Liverpool, with Sunderland willing to pay £8m to make the Italian’s loan move permanent this summer.
It now remains to be seen whether Liverpool can beat Juventus to Sanchez, after Marotta, said today: “Sanchez is a great player who every top club would like, so clearly Juventus would also love to have him, but we must take into account he is also a very expensive player.”