I Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told ADN Radio in Chile that had wanted to sign Alexis Sanchez in 2014 but could not do so due to financial fair play (FFP).
Alexis Sanchez signed for the Gunners from Barcelona in the summer of 2014 for £35m
“He was one of the best in the world and he showed it every day,” Pellegrini told Chilean radio station ADN.
“He was a major player we wanted to take to City.
“We could not take him before he signed for Arsenal, it was because the club was punished for Financial Fair Play. I did not have the space in the squad for him.
“Alexis is a complete winner and hopefully he will remain a force for a number of years.”
Sanchez’s current deal at Arsenal will run down after the end of the next season. With over 18 months left on his contract, the former Barcelona forward is yet to commit his future to the Gunners.
Earlier reports suggested Guardiola personally called Sanchez to join him at City as the pair have worked together at Barcelona. However, the Catalan coach rubbished the suggestions, while Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was coy when asked about the reports linking the South American to the Blues.