Ferguson and the United money men have refused to budge on a £28million offer to Udinese for Chilean star Sanchez – but their dream of signing the South American could get a double boost this week.
Barca’s “final” bid for Sanchez is £24m plus an extra £10m in appearances, a package that has yet to be accepted by the Italian club – with United’s offer a greater amount in guaranteed cash.
And amazingly the £10m add-ons are based on Sanchez playing in 50 per cent of games in the next four seasons – money that may never come.
Ferguson and supremo David Gill are playing a canny waiting game. It is now three weeks since Gill met Udinese and the Sanchez camp to make their pitch.
United know Sanchez is keen to play for them and their argument that he would be a starter at Old Trafford rather than a squad man at the Camp Nou would also be boosted by Fabregas’s switch.
However Ferguson and Gill will not up their bid as they think Udinese will come back to them.