For months it was widely thought that Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez would join Pep Guardiola’s high-flying Manchester City team.
In the last few weeks, though, the tables turned and City’s arch rivals Manchester United emerged as the Chile international’s preferred destination.
The 29-year-old secured a straight swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan as his contract at the Emirates was due to expire at the end of the season.
United have now been significantly strengthened, but City remain in the driving seat as far as the Premier League title race is concerned.
The blue half of Manchester have a 12-point lead after 24 games, but they recently suffered a slight wobble when their unbeaten run was ended by Liverpool in a 4-3 loss at Anfield.
Kevin De Bruyne has arguably been City’s player of the season so far as he has been instrumental in guiding the team to the top of the table.
There is no doubt that the North-West outfit would have been boosted by Sanchez’s arrival, but De Bruyne has insisted that City have not been affected by his snub.
According to the Metro, the Belgian said:
“If it doesn’t go, it doesn’t matter, we will still do what we need to do, with or without him. And he chose United. There are a lot of good players. If they want to come, they want to come, and otherwise we will do it with our team.”