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Pep Guardiola reveals why he chose not to compete with Man United for Alexis Sanchez

City pulled out of the race for the Arsenal forward, with United close to completing the move

We know, we know. 

You’re sick and tired of hearing about Alexis Sanchez – and we’re totally with you.

And even Pep Guardiola isn’t interested in hearing about the Arsenal forward, it seems.

Manchester City were favourites to sign the wantaway forward not so long ago, but the club baulked at the Chilean’s transfer fee and wage demands and have since pulled out of the deal.

And Guardiola says he has no complaints about the club’s decision, accepting that it could’ve harmed the stability within the squad.

Guardiola has had his eye on Sanchez since the summer

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Guardiola has had his eye on Sanchez since the summer

Guardiola said: “Normally we try to be stable with the wages of the players because I think it is good for the team and stability of the club

“In the past, what the club did, was at that price.


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“What happened last summer, everything increased amazingly.

“You have to adapt to that.

“I think the price in the summertime will be higher than this winter.

“Sometimes you have to anticipate that.

The Arsenal man looks all set to move to United

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The Arsenal man looks all set to move to United

Much like the rest of us, Guardiola expects United to complete the Sanchez deal very soon.

According to numerous reports, City’s great rivals are prepared to pay the 29-year-old around £500,000 per week in wages, as well as other related bonuses, while the move looks set to cost £30m.

Guardiola added: “We’ve spent a lot of money, we can’t deny that, but I’ve never put pressure on a club when they believe it is too much.

“Immediately I accept that decision and move forward to find another solution.

“The stability of the club is the most important thing.”

Guardiola, ever the gentleman, even congratulated United om the deal.


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He said: “I’m not the guy with the mathematics, with the numbers.

“What I know now is he is still Arsenal’s player, but I think he is going to go to United.
“So, congratulations for both of them.

“The players and their managers decide where they want to play – good luck.”


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