Manchester United are launching a bid for Udinese star Alexis Sanchez. The Chile international has been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been following the attacking midfielder since his time on-loan at River Plate two years ago.

Aujourd'hui Sport says United have offered £12 million for Sanchez, with Udinese now seriously considering the proposal.

Ferguson is expected to have scouts check on Sanchez in UEFA Cup action against Werder Bremen tomorrow night.