Manchester United are still keen on signing Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez after reports in today's press suggested the Chile international's proposed move to Barcelona has stalled.
The 22-year-old had looked set on a move to the Nou Camp last week but today the Daily Mirror suggests Udinese are unwilling to accept Barcelona's bid of £24m -- a figure that could rise to £34m if performance-related add-ons are triggered.
But Udinese will only qualify for these bonus payments if Sanchez plays in at least 50 per cent of Barca games and club officials are fearful that, given the strength of Pep Guardiola's side, Sanchez could struggle to break into the first team and the club will see little more than the initial £24m fee.
United's last offer for Sanchez was £28m but there has been little contact between the clubs in recent weeks. Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be unwilling to increase the club's offer but the latest developments in Barcelona could tempt him back into negotiations.
The promising winger enjoyed a successful season in Italy last year, scoring 12 goals in 32 appearances as Udinese qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
As United's hopes of signing Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder diminish by the day, Sir Alex Ferguson has instead turned his attention to Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, according to reports in Italy.
The 27-year-old was linked with a move to Old Trafford two years ago but could be tempted with the chance to play Champions League football after Schalke failed to qualify for next season's competition. The Dutchman would cost Ferguson around £20m.
Huntelaar is currently the leading goalscorer in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, with 10 goals in six matches.
The club have also been linked with an audacious £30m bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to caughtoffside.com. Although there are no quotes attributed to the story, the reports raise the possibility of Dimitar Berbatov being offered as a makeweight in a deal. The out-of-favour Bulgarian is known to be keen on a move back to Germany, where he enjoyed a successful spell with Bayer Leverkusen before his move to Manchester.
De Rossi stays in Italy
Meanwhile, United look to have missed out on signing Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi after the club's director of sport Walter Sabatini said the 27-year-old was not for sale.
"I will not weaken the squad by selling De Rossi. He said many times that he wants to stay and so we will certainly reach an agreement."