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Who is this Alexis Sanchez Chap?

Yesterday according to reports, Udinese rejected an offer from United for Chilean winger, Alexis Sanchez. He is a 19 year old winger who had a successful loan spell at River Plate last season and Udinese have slapped a fee of 20m euros.

Anyway, since there is little to talk about today, here’s a video of the kid. It’s going to be some sort of pattern from now on: club linked to some twinkly-toed winger; papers report he is the next Ronaldo; on repeat.

And below is the video of his game for River Plate against Boca Juniors in their Super Clasico where he really turned it on.

On that evidence he seems a rather handy player at 19, but experience has shown that Youtube videos can’t always be trusted.

Oh well, it’s a quiet day, so you may as well feast your eyes on some up and coming talents.



  1. rsg

    July 16, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Hull are after Campbell again which might mean another loan spell. I hope he isn’t sold without a chance playing with us.

  2. Red Ranter

    July 16, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    @tevez: He plays both on the right as well as the centre. It depends on who plays in the middle. If Guti plays then he moves to the right.

  3. tevez

    July 16, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    @Red Ranter: True but if ronaldo is playing there then sneijder will not be on the bench he will be in the middle of the park.

  4. rsg

    July 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Robben and Robinho are the Madrid players that should be sweating over the Ronaldo saga and more worried than Sneijder.

  5. Red Ranter

    July 16, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    @tevez: Agreed. Also no one would really be sweating, because Robben would be injured for most of the year leaving no competition really — Robinho and Ronaldo on either wings. However, I think Madrid may be forced to sell Robinho if they buy Ronaldo; I can’t see how they’re going to raise the funds. Unless, they get another round of largesse from the government in the form of tax payer money.

  6. tevez

    July 16, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    But robinho’s going to chelsea for 48 million. That doesn’t seem overpriced at all…

  7. Red Ranter

    July 16, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    @tevez: I think 48m is insane for someone who hasn’t really scaled the promised heights. It’s more than what Zidane was bought for, I think. At the moment, only Ronaldo and Messi deserve to be sold for more.

  8. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    @Primachenko: You are totally misunderstanding my intentions mate as I am rolling my eyes at the situation and not you. These smilies we use are good but tven they sometimes betray our intentions. No I do not think I am supreme although I admit to being a bit of an elitist. At this stage Red Ranter would remind me that I am a complete elitist. I have my views and I do believe in them but do not think that a well thought out argument that doesn’t agree with my thinking is not appreciated or respected on my part. So yes you did misunderstand my intentions. The situation with the club and the circumstances have me rolling my eyes and showing that smiley as well as the anger smiley a lot. But it’s not always directed at the person who I am replying to. This upcoming smiley is directed to you mate. 😆

  9. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    @tevez: He is right sided but can play the middle. For years he played the right side at Ajax because van der Vaart patrolled the center. But he is less a winger as he is a RAMF.

  10. Rd

    July 16, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    @Grognard: Get ready for more waiting then Grog, cus United is heading to SA tomorrow, so i think transfers are gonna slow down for the next 2weeks.

  11. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    @Red Ranter: Which post were you referring to RR? I’m a little confused by your post #42 😕

  12. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    @rsg: I’m actually trying to figure out exactly what is happening over at Arsenal. As much as I hat them and Wenger, I have a great respect for the man as far as building a team and keeping his players happy and loyal. Why things have gone sour for him all of a sudden seems a mystery. He certainly seems to not be getting the respect and appreciation from his players that he has earned and that he deserves. Similar of course to what Ronaldo is showing Fergie. It’s a mystery and it makes no sense. Is money all that these cunts care about? 😕

  13. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    @AlexOfMancunia: You are probably right, although, a 40 to 50 million dollar swoop could very well do it after they sell Ronaldo. Problem is, there are times where I think they will sell Ronaldo, and there are times that I feel Fergie is bent on keeping him no matter what. His track record is not to let players he still wants to go, only the ones he has tired of.

  14. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    @AlexOfMancunia: What the Hell is a Jeremy Menez? Shows how little I know about French football. ❓

  15. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    @rsg: Perhaps Robinho but we have absolutely no interest in Robben and from what I’m reading nobody else does either. He’s already on the bench for the most part. Robinho will not be used a trade bait and he can play either wing or striker or supporting striker so he is ultra versatile.

  16. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    @tevez: Don’t believe everything you read. 🙂

  17. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    @Red Ranter: I’d place Aguero in that 48+ million plus club. In fact I rate him higher than Messi because he stays healthy. I think all that growth hormone they gave Messi when he was underdeveloped and young is the root cause for a lot of his injuries. It’s like how American athletes who take HGH or steroids seem to have many injuries that are attributed to the legs and feet..

  18. Grognard

    July 16, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    @Rd: You are right. They plan on putting me through misery and there isn’t a damned thing I can do about it except BITCH to my heart’s content on RedRants. Sorry for taking it out on all you fine fellows. 😆

  19. Red Ranter

    July 16, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    @Grognard: Go to post 42, click on Grognard. It will take you to the post i responded to. (that’s the whole purpose of this reply-to feature — so that clicking on it will take you to the comment)

  20. Will

    July 17, 2008 at 12:00 am

    right thats it… if we don’t sign someone soon, im gonna go insane.. ffs there is only so much bloody golf and cricket headlines i can take (im talking to you sky sports news) sort it out utd give me a reason to jump up and down again.. its been 55 days now..

  21. AlexOfMancunia

    July 17, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Grog, Menez is 21, he is a winger/second striker and can play striker too. He is an extremely strong dribbler (which I’m sure you’ll be able to see if you look on youtube) has has pace to burn, he can also play as a bit of a playmaker. Apparently we were interested in him when he was back at Sochaux, but nothing materialised and he went to Monaco (Inter also came very close to signing him recently but decided they didn’t want to match the £12m price tag). Now would be a good time to renew our interest in him as he only has just over 1 year remaining on his current contract (why he is so cheap for a player with his potential) and wants to leave to play Champions League football. I’m surprised you haven’t heard of him because he is one of a quartet of very promising youngsters labelled the future of French football. This quartet includes Menez himself, Arsenal’s Nasri, Ben Arfa now at Marseille to replace Nasri, and of course, the gem that is, Karim Benzema.

  22. Grognard

    July 17, 2008 at 12:18 am

    @Red Ranter: Jeez call me stupid, I didn’t that was the case. I’m kind of embarrassed now. 😳

  23. Red Ranter

    July 17, 2008 at 12:21 am

    @Grognard: Naah, it can happen to anyone. I am not an elitist, you see, so I can accept that not everyone will be aware of everything. 😉

    (Just messing mate.)

  24. Grognard

    July 17, 2008 at 12:22 am

    @Red Ranter: Ahh I got you. I meant a smile smiley and instead I clicked on the laughing one. I see what you mean. Their is a difference. I originally misunderstood what you were saying. I thought I was using too many smileys in one post. I understand now, thanks.

  25. Grognard

    July 17, 2008 at 12:24 am

    @Will: Quality rant. I love it! And I agree. Although I am starting to enjoy the cricket highlights more and more. 🙂

  26. Grognard

    July 17, 2008 at 12:29 am

    @AlexOfMancunia: Thanks for the info. No I haven’t heard of him because honestly, French football bores the Hell out of me and I have always hated French football and French players (except for the King and others who have played for us. They are forgiven for their French heritage) as I do not like certain aspects of their on and off pitch personalities and temperaments. I will have a look at this lad on YouTube although, I just hate highlight packages as they tell me very little. I’ll take your word for it though. Thanks again for the info. For me my limited knowledge of French football begins and ends in Lyon. 🙂

  27. Grognard

    July 17, 2008 at 12:31 am

    @Red Ranter: Yes but it bugs me as an elitist that I messed up. I’m going to have to punish myself now. 😈

  28. Red Ranter

    July 17, 2008 at 12:33 am

    @Grognard: I’ve heard of Menez — apparently Portsmouth were in for him last year. Alex has given a good profile of him. I first heard of him from my days of Football Manager 2007 addiction — Modric, Menez were legends in that. Oh, I didn’t mention earlier, I am not a big fan of the FIFA/Pro-evo series — although I play it from time to time. But I am a big FM fan. Although over the past year I haven’t found the time for it.

  29. tevez

    July 17, 2008 at 12:45 am

    @Red Ranter: I was joking. That story was ridiculous. No player is worth 48 million. Zidane was not worth the 46 million real paid for him and he said that himself. Although we probably could get a world record fee for ronaldo he still is not worth that kind of money. Also, the 60 to 70 million dream just can’t happen. It’s too much.
    Also grognard, the ben arfa to marseille deal could be a good example of a club bringing in a replacement before selling an important player. Nasri was heavily linked with arsenal for a while but the transfer did not seem to go through. Ben arfa was then bought from lyon and a short while later arsenal signed nasri.
    Sneijder’s natural position is in the middle of the field, but he is versatile. His ability to still perform from a wide position leads to him being used there to accomodate other players. Like you said, he does not play as a winger from this position, but more as a RAMF as you describe it, which shows evidence of his natural insticts and abilities as a central midfielder.

  30. Davo

    July 17, 2008 at 1:16 am

    He looks good. Highly skillful, a left footer and not selfish at all(unlike slave boy). Plus he can actually step up in the big matches going by that Boca match. Sign him up. 😛

  31. Traverse

    July 17, 2008 at 1:51 am

    I don’t think people should get too worried about the time it’s taking with the Berbatov deal. If I remember correctly the Carrick deal took weeks and weeks to tie up. Spurs drive a hard bargain. I wouldn’t expect any more real news on this until after the SA trip at the earliest. And since he is our only target, that means no transfer news for another 14 days at least. Groggy will have pulled all his hair out by then……

  32. primachenko

    July 17, 2008 at 3:31 am


    fair enough mate 😀

  33. Grognard

    July 17, 2008 at 5:08 am

    @Red Ranter: Football Manager…..Now thats a game and a half let me tell you. I too was a confirmed addict going back to the mid 90’s when it was called Championship Manager and Eidos was getting along with the Collyer brothers who ran Sports Interactive. Although Warcraft, Starcraft and Halo fans may disagree, no gaming experience is more addictive than the experience you get from playing a hardcore marathon of Football or Championship Manager. It was like a drug and it could ruin marriages very easily. I gave it up because my old PC laptop was to slow and because my back began to really bother me at the same time. That meant less time sitting due to pain. I made the mistake of picking up it’s gutted out XBOX 360 version in late 2006. That sucked because you never had all the real meat of the game, no real in depth European or International leagues and tourneys nor was there any good downloadable content like player editors, pictures and kits, skins etc. I recently converted over to a MAC and when I did so I kind of promised myself I’d never game on it. It was meant for my more artistic and creative pursuits as well as the Internet and spending all my day on RedRants getting my Man Utd fix 🙂 I think it’s time I broke my oath and went back to it.

    FIFA/PES were compromises on my part as I could play those games lying on my back or on a comfortable couch in front of a big tv where my back never felt the stress and discomfort. PES was godlike for me in 2005/06 versions as it had the greatest editing tool and allowed me to recreate entire Bundesliga teams, players and all teir features, characteristics and statistics according to the information I had from a few great German database programs and my 30 year collection of Kicker Yearbooks and my keen memory of many of these teams and players from the many episodes of “Soccer Made in Germany” I watched on PBS through the 70’s and 80’s. I think more of us 40 somethings from North America have a greater respect and know more about German soccer than even English footy from this period because of this fine program. We hardly ever got English footy until a highlight show started in the mid 80’s here in Canada. Tomany of you the names of commentators like Motson and Tyler are your audio links to the game. For me it was the great Toby Charles doing his gig like the true God he was for Soccer Made IN Germany. Man I loved listening to that guy do a game. It was that show and that man that seduced me towards the game more than anybody. And what I would do to get a collection of those telecasts for my collection now? It depresses me to think of it. And some of you may wonder where Grognard get s this love and itch for German football. From “Soccer Made in Germany”

    FIFA became my new addiction in 2006 with their decent World Cup release and then FIFA 2007 and 2008 have been massive improvements in that often criticized and condemnend franchise. They really started to get it a bit but they are far from perfect and no matter how hard they try, they can never match Football Manager nor can they ever come close tot he fun I have had with the older version of PES on the old XBOX. Their new XBOX 360 version suck so badly I honestly feel rage thinking about it. But nevertheless, is it’s always great to run in to a devoted Football Manager addict who appreciates the the game like fine wine. Now that I get special shots for my back that allow me to sit in a chair for longer periods of time without great pain and the fact that Sports Interactive has released a MAC version of the game, it may be time to get back into Football Manager and all the online extras one can download to make the game even better. I just wished there was a football game that allowed me to create and develop players and teams from the past and then create and structure my own leagues and tournaments. Or a game that paid proper respect and homage to the teams and players from the past. Like an all time World Cup edition etc.
    To be honest, I get sick of todays players and all that comes with them. I do love to go back to the past and relive and recreate teams and players from different eras that played the game for love and desire and where money really was secondary. Yes I know, I’m a dreamer. 🙂

    Sorry for the long rant and retro journey. You just hit on a passion of mine which lead me to a few other passions. God when I get started……… 🙂

  34. Grognard

    July 17, 2008 at 5:10 am

    @Traverse: No kidding. My scalp is crying for relief. Eventually I’m going to have to invest in a hair piece due to my hair pulling. 🙁

  35. Grognard

    July 17, 2008 at 5:27 am

    This whole business with Sneijder being quoted as saying that Ronaldo should stay away because the team would feel resentment towards him because of his salary is very interesting. This is coming after Sneijder and the Real Madrid chaps have all gotten together for their pre season training. None of this stuff was being said two weeks ago but it’s amazing how the atmosphere can change once these players start conversing with each other and talking the talk about this proposed transfer. It’s clear to me that many players have voiced their true feelings about Ronaldo coming over and being paid well more than any of them. And they should have a right to feel resentment. This sentiment is probably wide spread amongst the team’s players and so I think it has the potential to just blow up in Calderon’s and Ronaldo’s faces. I am afraid to say it but I think Real Madrid and not Fergie is going to be the one who causes this deal not to go through. Which will leave us with a pissed off as Hell Ronaldo with a bad attitude and no real focus. Even though it is not slavery, keeping a player when he clearly doesn’t want to be here is not wrong, it’s just stupid. But will Ronaldo’s attitude change now that he reads how his proposed future teammates have shunned him and that he has dropped the goldigging girlfriend that probably started the whole mess to begin with? I just don’t know. And really, do I want to care? I’ve got so much animosity built up for him right now, for him to stay and not leave for Madrid will make it difficult for me to watch games. It’s like watching your worst enemy have sex with your girlfriend. Rightnow Ronaldo playing for United in the future will feel like that. Am I suppose to cheer my enemy for giving my girl a good shag? 🙄

  36. Anish

    July 17, 2008 at 10:04 am

    I have been thinking a bit, and figure that though it sounds nice to say that we can buy 4 good players by selling Ronaldo alone, we should remember that only ONE can actually REPLACE him in the TEAM 😮 .So, instead of talking about guys like Ramos and Lahm(????), why not stick to Aguero. The guy wants to leave Athletico, and the only club which can afford him, if we don’t poach him, is Chelsea. And that is not very reassuring, either. Moreover, however overpriced he may be, we can safely get him for 25 million pounds less than Ronaldo’s selling price. And Berba can be negotiated for, out of that money! Coming to our defence, I really think it is a tad thin especially with the sale of Pique. Now, if 2 of our ‘frontline’ defenders are injured, we will really really be in TROUBLE. So, probably we should just buy a versatile backup defender as well, for around 5 million pounds. Money shouldn’t be a big problem especially if we manage to get rid of Saha.

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  37. Anish

    July 17, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I meant, lack of action ofcourse! 💡

  38. Shreyas

    July 18, 2008 at 11:39 am

    @Anish: Please do not use the term Manyoo

  39. Anish

    July 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    oops! sorry… Mistake

  40. Shreyas

    July 18, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    @Anish: @Anish: Please do not use the term ManU/manyoo buddy.

  41. edi

    August 5, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Sanchez, Menez,Aguero. Who is best? Id say aguero. but i wont be dissapointed if we got Sanchez.
    Anish, i think that aguero wants to stay at atletico. they did qualify 4 champs league didnt they? but i would love it if he came here. in fact im not bothered if we only sign one player. Fergie is the master. he knows what to do, and he will do it. im am sure a mega trophy haul is on the way guys!!

  42. ian

    August 6, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I think we should sign Sanchez and his team mate Falcao,both would be great for us in the long term!We need to sign at least a couple,we’ve lost so many players to this virus!Surely we won’t be doing any pre season’s in Africa again!!

  43. Thiago

    February 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I am from Sao Paulo, and I have worked in Buenos Aires Argentina for the past 15 years. I could say that I follow River Platte as a club in Argentina. I must say this Sanchez is very good, with a lot of potential. Very skillfull. I saw him play a few games in Argentina, and it seemed that he is not a GOAL SCOARER but more of a winger. He creates lost of danger and also helps defend the ball. I personally think he has more potential than Aguero for future purposes. I respect MANU very much, right now I would say is the best club in the world, but a player like alexis will take time to adapt, but if he plays at full potential he could be the devil, like the game agains Boca,

  44. Martin

    July 13, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I am from Chile. I have watched Alexis grow up from Colo-Colo the club he grew up to be a star in. I can tell you all… mark my words. This kid is for real. He is no joke. He is a future star. You should all search for Chile’s latest world cup qualifier games. He is simply DOMINANT.

  45. David

    May 1, 2010 at 9:38 am

    i have alexis sanchez on my game (football manager 2010) used to play him as a winger and boy was i wrong started playing him striker last season in my 1st season with him 2010-2011 he was playing winger 35 apps 14gls 11 assists,11-12 32apps 23 gls 12 assists this season playing striker 36 apps 31 gls 20 assists nuff said

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