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Pep Guardiola congratulates Man United for signing Alexis Sanchez

Both Manchester clubs have pursued the Chilean for most of January but it looks like Jose Mourinho has won the battle

We have a winner.

After both Manchester clubs fought over the signature of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez for the last two weeks, like two hyenas fighting over the best bit of a fallen lion, it looks like the transfer saga has been settled.

And Pep Guardiola conceded defeat today.


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We were never going to replace you Raheem

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We were never going to replace you Raheem

Last summer City had agreed a deal with Arsenal for the Chilean star only for it to fall through on deadline day as Arsenal failed to line up a replacement.

Sanchez is out of contract at the summer and his market value is dwindling with every passing day.

At the beginning of the month City were hot favourites to complete the signing as somewhat of a formality, only for Man United to try and hijack the move late in the day.

I’m not getting up until the deal to United is agreed

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I’m not getting up until the deal to United is agreed

Jose Mourinho saw an opportunity not only to sign a high profile player to add to his attacking riches but also to get one over on his noisy neighbours.

Chelsea then thought they would have a short-lived crack at swooping for Arsenal’s best player only to deny any interest shortly after.

Thankfully, after all the he said-she said, Pep seemed to confirm which direction the 29-year-old is going in his press conference today.


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I’m leaving, get your hands off me Debuchy

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I’m leaving, get your hands off me Debuchy

“I am not the guy with the numbers, what I know right now is that Alexis is an Arsenal player, I think he’ll go to United so congratulations to both of them and good luck,” Guardiola told reporters at his press conference today.

“My opinion of Alexis remains the same, I wish him all the best.”

So Pep, after pursuing him all summer and trying to sign him again in January you are sure you’re not upset at all about Sanchez going to your biggest rivals instead?

Not even a tiny bit?

Mourinho trying to cover up his smile

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Mourinho trying to cover up his smile

Mourinho on the other hand, was much more coy about the situation – but looked like he was trying to hide a huge smile as he talked.

“Nothing new, I think clearly everybody knows that we are there,” he said.

“When the Arsenal manager speaks so clearly like he did there is no point trying to hide or deny but it is not done at all, so in this moment Mkhitaryan is our player.

“Sanchez is an Arsenal player and with a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus on the most important thing, which is the match.”