Pep: Why Man City Failed To Sign Sanchez

Posted September 14, 2017

Claudio Bravo is holding out hope that Manchester City will eventually succeed in their pursuit of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, having described the striker's "bitterness" at seeing the transfer fall through last month.

Alexis held out all summer for the move, refusing a new deal at Arsenal and snubbing the advances of European giants Bayern Munich and PSG, waiting for City to make their move.

City were reported to have agreed a fee of around £60 million ($79 million, 66 million euros) for Sanchez, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona.

City were heavily linked with a move for the Chile global during the transfer window, with reports suggesting that Sterling could have been used to help snare Sanchez, something Guardiola was quick to rule out.

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Mane was sent off 37 minutes into Liverpool's 5-0 defeat to City on Saturday. We would have loved to have him here, but the market gives you these time limits and the rush is not good.

Sanchez, whose Gunners contract runs out in the summer, had been tipped to leave the Emirates all summer - but was forced to stay as the North Londoners failed to agree a deal for a replacement.

"Not one per cent chance we will swap Raz because I trust a lot in him".

Ahead of today's Premier League clash with Liverpool, Guardiola said: "I don't know what's going to happen".

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"You go from being on the bench watching the game and within seconds you are out there playing. You can easily avoid putting your foot in somebody's face so you don't do them damage", said Bravo.

"I'm calm, all of us here are completely ready and we have a competitive mentality", he added.

"I wouldn't have wanted to play for a reason like this".

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