Udinese have turned down a 35million euro offer from an unnamed club for Chile winger Alexis Sanchez, the Serie A club have confirmed.
The Friuli outfit qualified for the Champions League preliminary stages after finishing fourth in the Italian league following yesterday's goalless draw against AC Milan.
Sanchez has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, with several clubs, including Manchester United, reportedly keen to acquire the 22-year-old4s services this summer.
"For me Sanchez is worth the same as (Lionel) Messi," Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo said.
"It4s difficult to find other players of his level.
"Only two or three players are born like him in a given generation.
"We have an offer of 35million euros which we have turned down. I do not want to name the club, out of respect.
"Sanchez is young and we would like him to stay for another year.
"Besides, we believe he is worth much more."
Sanchez, who scored 12 goals in 31 league appearances for Udinese this season, is under contract with the Friuli side until June 2014.Reuse content