Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has intensified his pursuit of Udinese star Alexis Sanchez.
The Daily Mail says Ferguson is understood to have made a personal call to Udinese's Sanchez to persuade him to join United ahead of Barcelona.
The Chile forward is keen on playing in Spain but Barca are struggling to match Udinese's £30m valuation with possible makeweight Bojan Krkic keen on joining Roma if he has to leave.
Ferguson is close to Sanchez's agent and remains hopeful of bringing him to Old Trafford.
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