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Inter's Branca admits defeat in Sanchez pursuit

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By Varun Mathure

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Inter Technical Director Marco Branca has admitted to BBC Sport that the Nerazzurri have been priced out of the race to sign Udinese star Alexis Sanchez as well as Carlos Tevez.

Inter had been named as one of the contenders for Sanchez's signature by Udinese and had even attempted to sign the player in January. But, now his escalating price has forced the Nerazzurri to back down.

"Sanchez was a player we liked. Manchester City raised their bid to €35 million plus a bonus, which ruled us out of the race. In the end, the player preferred to go to Barcelona and they got him for €28 million and a €10 million bonus. Not many clubs can afford that."

Branca also ruled out Inter making a move for Carlos Tevez claiming that while the club admired the player, the 'crazy' market and the impending financial fairplay rules made a bid impossible.

"Tevez is a great player, a great character, but absolutely no. His salary means it is out of the question. The market is crazy at the moment and it is hard to compete. He is a great player but a move for him is out of the question. We have to organise our finances for the financial fair play rules in the next two years."

Inter are currently preoccupied with a search for their new Coach and earlier today, Massimo Moratti refused to answer any questions about the role claiming that Branca was solely in-charge of finding the new man.

However, Moratti did admit that an announcement could be expected soon. Inter have lost out on Marcelo Biesla, Andre Villas-Boas and Fabio Capello and are exploring their options currently.

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