Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City wanted Alexis Sanchez

Malaga's coach Manuel Pellegrini looks on

The Chilean ended up joining Arsenal and is their top goalscorer this season.

Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told ADN that the club wanted to sign Alexis Sanchez before his move to the Emirates.

Sanchez joined the Gunners in the summer of 2014 in a £30 million move from La Liga giants Barcelona.

He has since established himself as a key man at the club, with 56 goals in 116 appearances in all competitions to date.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring their first goalArsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring their first goal

This season, in particular, has seen him in fine form as he has bagged 14 goals in all competitions to date and tops the Premier League scoring charts.

It appears things could have been different, though, had Manchester City had their way.

“He was one of the best in the world and he showed it every day,” Pellegrini told ADN, a radio station in Chile.

“He was a major player we wanted to take to City. We could not before he signed for Arsenal; it was because the club was punished for financial fair play. I did not have space in the squad for him.”

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring their first goalArsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring their first goal

Arsenal will now be hoping they can get Sanchez signed to a new deal to avoid the likes of Manchester City moving for his signature in future.

The star currently has 18 months left on his deal and is in negotiations over a new contract at the Emirates.

Should they be unable to reach an agreement, it would not be surprising to find big sides such as City chasing him next summer.

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