Man City GK claims Arsenal star was "bitter" he didn't join

Arnold Nichols
September 14, 2017

However, Guardiola claims Arsenal wanted to make a swap deal which would have seen Raheem Sterling move to the Emirates, and the Spaniard was not in favour of that proposal.

"And they talked to me and I said: "No chance".

"For me it's all down one thing", Ferdinand said on BT Sport, as quoted on the London Evening Standard.

"He is 22 years old, an English player and he has a lot of gap (potential) to improve".

"But we have other players that can play in that position".

Pep Guardiola had reportedly earmarked Sanchez as a top target in the transfer window, but City could not land their man, with Arsenal refusing to sanction an estimated £60million deadline-day move after their own attempts to sign Thomas Lemar failed.

Sanchez's contract runs out at the end of the season and Guardiola was asked about a potential transfer in January. "He is an Arsenal player". Of course we were interested in him. So all the best for Alexis.


"I wouldn't have wanted to play for a reason like this, an injury to a teammate, but you always have to be prepared".

"Sometimes deals happen, sometimes not", he continued.

Everton's Ross Barkley was also close to a move away with Tottenham and Chelsea both linked while Southampton's Virgil van Dijk had submitted a transfer request in what looked like a come-and-get-me plea to Liverpool. It will be short but the next (game) he will not be able to play.

"I am so happy with the decision the Premier League have taken".

"He spoke with Ferran I think".

"He was in Manchester, this lovely city and I said "hi". We just have to reflect that the transfer window in England will be closed sooner than in Europe.

"This time it was not possible, but hopefully we have him here in the future". As far as I know, UEFA didn't call us to say that we are being investigated.

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