Juventus Set to Begin Talks with Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez for Summer Transfer

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IFebruary 20, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10:  Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Getafe CF at Camp Nou on February 10, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez looks set to follow Italian superstar Mario Balotelli back to the Italian Serie A after it was revealed that Turin giants Juventus are about to begin talks with Sanchez over a summer move. The news comes as Barcelona travel to Italy to face AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League—an ideal time to rendezvous with the Chilean's agent.

According to sources including Football Espana and Football Italia, Antonio Conte is keen on luring the former Udinese man to the Juventus Stadium at the conclusion of the current season. It is fair to say that since moving to the La Liga, Sanchez has never really replicated the form that saw him become one of the most promising players in world football.

The 24-year-old has struggled to cement a starting birth in an extraordinary Barcelona side and by all accurate accounts could leave the Catalan giants, even if not to Juventus. 

Barcelona had originally signed Sanchez for a fee of €26 million in 2011. It is believed that Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta is looking at bringing the Chilean International to Turin on a loan deal for the duration of the 2013-14 season with an option to buy Sanchez at the conclusion of next season.

Considering the Bianconeri's perfected 3-5-2 formation, one would think that Sanchez would be used in the striker capacity if he arrived in Turin. Wingers typically do not feature in any of Conte's line-ups, rather the use of wing-backs constitute any play down the sideline. Sanchez's physique is such that he'd prove ineffective as a wing-back, thus suggesting he could be made a full-time striker.

Juventus have already secured the services of Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente on a free deal. If Sanchez was also to arrive, Juventus will certainly be considered among the favourites to take out Europe's top competitions.

Barcelona are currently in Milan for their Champions League round-of-16 tie with AC Milan.