Antonio Conte makes very public play for Alexis Sanchez as interest from Manchester clubs heats up

AFTER a few days of Manchester focused speculation over Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Conte has lobbed another twist in the Chilean’s future, overtly declaring his interest in the Arsenal star.

Manchester City had long been tipped as Sanchez’s destination if things didn’t work at the Emirates, but as the league leaders haggle over Arsenal’s transfer fee, and Jose Mourinho makes a late bid to weaken two rivals, Chelsea look set to re-enter a race they tried to win last summer as well.

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“I think it is a good investment,” said Conte. “We are talking about a top player and you can buy him for a price not so high. The amount is around £20 million. Maybe a normal price for Alexis Sánchez is €80-90m. This is my opinion.”

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The Italian’s future at Stamford Bridge is unclear given his misgivings with the club’s current transfer policy.