In an interview with Chilean outlet ADN Radio, ex-Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that the Manchester club wanted to sign Alexis Sanchez but couldn’t because of a FFP (financial fair play) punishment.
In the summer that Sanchez joined Arsenal, they were punished by UEFA for failing to comply with FFP regulations and Pellegrini reckons that’s the only reason Sanchez isn’t currently playing in light blue alongside the likes of Aguero and De Bruyne.
He told ADN radio:
“He was always an important player that we considered bringing to City. If we didn’t acquire him before he signed for Arsenal it was because the club was punished over financial fair play and we didn’t have the quota. Alexis is a complete winner and I hope he maintains his level as long as possible.”
Could you imagine an attacking line-up that included both Sergio Aguero AND Alexis Sanchez? Since his move to Arsenal, the two players have scored an incredible 133 goals between them for their respective clubs.
That’s firepower that no side can compete against and would have made Manchester City’s frontline one of the best in the world.
It’s an interesting thought ahead of the massive clash between the two sides this Sunday. With Aguero suspended, Sanchez has the opportunity to steal the headlines and punish the club which once coveted him.