Sanchez completed his high-profile move to Manchester United from Arsenal in January in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way. A lot was expected off him as he knew the style, the aggressiveness and the demands of this league. So, it seemed as if he would adapt immediately to the side and in the club.
Instead, he looked a bit shaky by seeing the atmosphere and the demands of the club. This took him by surprise due to which his start wasn’t the most ideal one. 3 Goals in 18 Appearances wasn’t a good return by any means from a new Manchester United Number 7. But the story could’ve been completely for the Chilean in January.
Back in summer 2017 before the start of the new season, Manchester City were interested in signing Sanchez for around £60 million. In fact, they had reached an agreement for him but since Arsenal couldn’t find any replacement, the move fell out. They even had a £90 million bid rejected by Monaco on the deadline day for Thomas Lemar.
Sanchez, as a result, had to sit out the deadline day waiting for a replacement as he was DESPERATE to join Pep Guardiola. With only a year left on his contract, Everyone felt that the move was imminent and to the advantage of City, he would be available for a much lesser price than in the summer.
When City came back in January after an outstanding 6 months which saw them lead the table and were certainly called the ‘would be Champions’. So, it was clear that City would get their man this time around. Arsenal only demanded £35 million for them to secure a deal. In addition to that, the wages and agent fees demanded by Sanchez was so high City had to back out of the deal due to Financial Advances. On the other hand, United were ready to fulfill all the demands in order to secure the move. Currently he is the highest earning player in the Premier League.
Alexis Sánchez created 4 chances against Leicester City. Only Eriksen & Holebas (both 5) managed more in the opening Premier League fixtures. pic.twitter.com/0gq3yI25P2
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 14, 2018
When asked about the move, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said “We looked at it again in January, but the situation had changed for us compared to how we looked at it in the summer,” he added. “The reality is that the economics simply didn’t work for us anymore. If it makes sense for us, we’ll do it. If it doesn’t make sense, we are perfectly comfortable walking away.”Pointing towards the sudden rise in wage demands, Sanchez opted for the red half of Manchester over blue.
Alexis Sanchez, as an attacker would have been much better off had he joined Manchester City. He would have played in a much fluid and attacking system at city rather than a pragmatic style under Mourinho. If he wasn’t money-minded about his wages, he would have been a Premier League Champion till now.