Barcelona star Lionel Messi hopes they can land Udinese ace Alexis Sanchez. The Chile international has been strongly linked with a move to Barca this summer.

"I know that Alexis Sanchez is a great player," said Messi as reported in Gazzetta dello Sport. "It would be without a doubt a sensational signing and it would be a great reinforcement for us."

Sanchez, who is under contract with Udinese until June 2014, is also a reported target of Manchester City and Chelsea.

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