Mourinho wanted Alexis at Madrid

When at Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho reportedly tried to sign Alexis Sanchez from Udinese before Barcelona picked him up.

The Chilean international moved out to the Catalan club in 2011 in a €37m deal and, after two indifferent seasons, has found form this term under Tata Martino.

Mundo Deportivo report this week, though, that it could have been different for the 24-year-old, as Mourinho had also made a move to sign the forward.

The publication allege that the then Madrid Coach made contact with Alexis during the summer he eventually moved across to Camp Nou, and that the player made clear his intention to play for Barca.

Liverpool and Manchester City were also reportedly interested in picking up the forward, who in the 2010-11 season had scored 12 times in Serie A for Udinese.

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