After all the speculation on Tuesday suggested Manchester City had moved into pole position to sign highly-rated Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez, reports on Wednesday say Manchester United chief executive David Gill has held talks with the Serie A club.

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According to The Sun, Gill flew out to meet with Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo in Barcelona, where he lives, in a bid to thrash out a deal for a player who is also being tracked by Barcelona and Inter Milan.

There are conflicting reports concerning how much it will cost to secure the services of the Chile international, with a figure between £35 million and £44 million in the press. City are thought to be prepared to pay no more than £27 million, which may mean Udinese have to reach a compromise with one of the player's other suitors.

After Pozzo stated on Tuesday that City were favourites, due to the spending power of clubs in the Premier League, the 22-year-old's agent, Fernando Felicevich, said: "An agreement with City? Sanchez's future is still very much wide open.

"We are working on it and, after meetings with City, we have other new appointments."