Saturday May 7 2011
Barcelona lead Sanchez race

Barcelona are said to be surging ahead in the race to sign Udinese talent Alexis Sanchez, surpassing Manchester City, Inter and Juventus.

El Nino Maravilla has been a breakout start this season and it's no coincidence his injury problems have coincided with a slip in form for the Friulani.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Barcelona directors met with agent Felicevic on Tuesday before the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.

They are ready to offer the €30m asking price for the young Chilean, who has scored 12 goals this season.

By immediately providing the money required by Udinese, the Spaniards would beat competition from other interested parties.

These include Manchester City, Manchester United, Inter and Juventus.

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