Alexis Sanchez
Liverpool scouts were reportedly in attendance to watch Alexis Sanchez in action against Australia  Getty Images

Atletico Madrid have joined Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus in the race for Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, according to reports in Spain.

Even though Sanchez scored 19 La Liga goals last season the striker is reportedly not included in Barcelona's new boss Luis Enrique's plans and the Catalan club are looking to offload him this summer.

Barcelona are embarking on a huge overhaul to avoid another trophyless season and after selling former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas for around £27m they expect to continue the summer clear-out with Sanchez, Alex Song and Dani Alves to be sold to fund moves for new additions.

According to reports last month Juventus were leading the race to secure his services as the striker was likely to return to Serie A, where he excelled during his spell at Udinese.

However, recently Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal emerged as big contenders for the sought-after forward.

And now AS claims Atletico Madrid are also interesting in Sanchez.

La Liga winners need replacements for both Diego Costa –who is on the verge of completing his move to Chelsea – and David Villa – who has already joined New York City FC - and Diego Simeone is keen on the Barcelona forward.

The Catalans paid Udinese around £33m to secure Sanchez's services in the summer of 2011 and according to the reports they are prepared to listen offers of around £20m.

Juventus have already reportedly made a £15m bid for his signature while recent reports claimed Liverpool scouts watched him in action during Chile's opening World Cup game against Australia – with the Barcelona star leading his side to a 3-1 victory with one goal and one assist.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also reportedly monitoring the situation while Arsene Wenger is also keeping an eye on the forward to give Olivier Giroud competition up front.

Nevertheless, AS reports Atletico may have an advantage over the rest of Sanchez's suitors as Barcelona are keen on signing Joao Miranda and the centre-back could be included as part of the deal.