Alexis Sanchez Happy at Barcelona Amid Manchester United Transfer Reports

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 05:  Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona looks on  during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on October 5, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Alexis Sanchez does not seem overly keen on a transfer from Barcelona, despite a recent report from Jack Wilson of the Daily Star that linked Manchester United with a £22 million January approach. 

Sanchez would have plenty of interested parties should he signal a desire to seek new territory, but the Chilean appears happy at the Camp Nou according to an interview with Le 10 Sport.

Nick Lustig's Daily Star article provides the quotes:

I always felt [at home] in Barcelona, with the desire to play 100 per cent every game I fight.

Fortunately, I was able to score goals from the beginning of the season. I do not intend to stop there, we must continue to move forward.

It is very important for a striker to score, especially when you trust your coach and your team-mates.

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The key to Sanchez’s future will rest very much with the plans of Barca boss Gerardo Martino, who has shown much faith in the player since arriving in the summer.

Sanchez has started eight games for Barcelona in all competitions this season, per ESPN FC, repaying that faith with four goals.

He played in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at AC Milan in the Champions League, and while he continues to be used in such prestigious games, it is highly unlikely Sanchez will feel a need to find a new club.

His latest quotes will disappoint United, who play the ideal brand of football to suit Sanchez’s qualities.

High-tempo, direct football channelled down the flanks best utilises Sanchez’s ability to drive at defenders, unsettling their balance with his footwork—particularly down the right wing.

At Barcelona he has suffered at times from the Catalans’ possession-based game. One-touch football is not always Sanchez’s greatest strength, which is why he has regularly been overlooked for the likes of Pedro, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.

David Moyes needs a player of Sanchez’s calibre to spark a United attack that currently offers limited threat down the flanks, with Nani, Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa all failing to impress this campaign.

Youngster Adnan Januzaj has been United’s star performer in the wide areas, but Moyes will be all too aware he cannot pin an entire season on the teenager’s prodigious talent.