Manchester City are in pole position to sign Chilean whizkid Alexis Sanchez, according to the Udinese owner Giampolo Pozzo.
The Blues are refusing to be drawn into an auction for the 22-year-old winger, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Udinese have already said he is worth at least £31m and have been trying to whip up an auction between City, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus.
Reports in Italy suggest United are also interested, but the Reds are remaining low-key.
Said Pozzo: “He has a 50 per cent chance of him going. English football is the richest, and they know how to value a player – this is why City are favourites.
“If he’d go, at the moment Manchester City have the highest probability of signing him.
“But 35million euros won’t be enough.”
Sanchez himself claims he is in the dark over his future, but has refuted comparisons with Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, saying: “I I just know I want to play and improve as a person.”