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BBC journalist: Alexis Sanchez prefers Man City but can’t turn down Man United’s £180m package

Alexis Sanchez prefers to join Pep Guardiola’s swashbuckling Manchester City than Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, but the lure of United’s unprecedented financial package is taking him to Old Trafford, Simon Stone of the BBC said today.

“Manchester City, the word is he would still prefer to play for them,” Stone said while on BBC Radio 5 Live on Thursday.

“But when you look at these figures, they are eye-watering and they go a long way to explaining why Alexis Sanchez is going to spend the second half of this season and the next four seasons after that playing for Manchester United.

“So we’re talking about a £30m transfer fee, which is quite a lot for somebody who is available for free in the summer.

“In addition £14m tax free, which means another £13m in tax that is being paid for him.

“So it’s £27m in salary, a £20m signing-on fee, and a £10m agents fee. In total, over four-and-a-half years, that adds up to £180m.

“It’s half a million quid a week United have committed to this.”

City were unwilling to devote such figures to 29-year-old Sanchez, particularly as they are in the process of negotiating new deals with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, who is expected to take in around £250,000-a-week.

Offering Alexis double what is on the table for KDB, for instance, could have had a negative impact on the tight-knit City squad, explaining why Pep Guardiola and City chiefs made the decision to walk away from a deal.

The Blues are expected to go back into the market for a first-team winger and forward in the summer, Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Independent reports, insinuating that one will be an alternative to Sanchez and the other quite possibly a replacement for Sergio Aguero should he leave.

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