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Why Alexis Sanchez had serious doubts about joining Manchester City

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The Alexis Sanchez transfer saga has taken over seamlessly from the Philippe Coutinho saga, hasn't it?

Of course, Coutinho's ordeal was resolved with a £145 million move to Barcelona earlier in the January transfer window, but Sanchez's situation has rumbled on for close to six months.

It's Arsenal's fault really; they allowed one of their biggest stars to enter the final year of his contract - as they have allowed Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere to do the same - and the sharks have circled.

Originally, it seemed as though Sanchez was destined to reunite with former Barcelona boss, Pep Guardiola, at Manchester City.

The Cityzens actually had a £60 million bid turned down on deadline day of the summer transfer window because Arsenal couldn't muster a replacement.

City are said to have pulled out of the race for the Chilean in January after the Gunners demanded £35 million for their star man and now neighbours Man United look set to secure the 29-year-old.

However, it seems as though Sanchez was the one that went cold on City before they did on him.

According to The Mirror, it is believed that the forward held reservations over the way Guardiola rotates his attack at the Etihad, despite wanting to work under the Spaniard again.

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To be fair, many fans were wondering exactly how that was going to work for City. The club are already 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League with their all-star ensemble, where would Sanchez have fit in?

Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus - although currently injured - Bernado Silva, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne all occupy spots in the final third and, of course, Raheem Sterling is having a career season.

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It now seems as though Sanchez will join Man United providing that Henrikh Mkhitaryan can agree to move the other way. Reports suggest his agent Mino Raiola is making the move difficult, but the Armenian won't be very popular in Manchester if he scuppers the move.

As for Arsenal, they are also looking at buying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and Malcom from Bordeaux as they continue to revamp their squad with Sanchez's impending departure and Theo Walcott's £20 million move to Everton.

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