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Pep Guardiola congratulates Manchester United, on soon to be complete, Sanchez deal

Guardiola has offered his congratulations to Manchester United Photo: PA

Pep Guardiola has offered his congratulations to Manchester United as they close in on the signing of Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

City ended their high-profile attempts to bring the Chile forward to the Etihad Stadium this week, clearing the way for United to move in.

Premier League leaders City, who went close to landing Sanchez in a £60million deal last summer, felt the costs of a potential deal had risen too high.

Speaking at a press conference, City manager Guardiola said: "I'm not the guy with the mathematics, with the numbers. What I know now is he is still Arsenal's player, but I think he is going to go to United.

"So, congratulations for both of them. The players and their managers (agents) decide where they want to play. Good luck."

It is understood City were confident that Sanchez wished to play for them but his desire to leave Arsenal this month rather than in the summer, and the sums offered by United, changed the picture.

Asked further if he felt let down by the player, whom he worked with at Barcelona, Guardiola said: "I repeat the same. The players and their managers decide what's best for both of them. There's nothing to add.

"My opinion of Alexis remains the same. It was a pleasure to be with him at Barcelona. He has decided to move on to another club and I wish him all the best."