Alexis Sanchez’s Chile teammate, Mauricio Isla, claims that the 28-year-old was sad after his move to Manchester City fell through on Transfer Deadline Day.

Fenerbahce and Chile star, Mauricio Isla, claims that Alexis was ‘sad’ after his move to Manchester City, where he could be reunited with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, fell through at the end of the transfer window.

“Alexis is at a top club like Arsenal but he was very happy to move on to another big club (Man City),” Isla told SoyChile.

“After the news came and he was not able to sign the contract, Alexis felt sad and surely that hurt and affected him.

“The transfer was very important for him but it did not happen.”

While Arsenal reportedly accepted City’s £60m offer for Alexis, they had to convince his replacement, Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, to come to north London. The 21-year-old chose to stay put, despite the Ligue 1 side allegedly accepting the Gunners’ £92m offer, and that’s that. Alexis stays at Arsenal.

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Chile’s Alexis Sanchez gestures during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Bolivia in La Paz, on September 5, 2017. (ANDRES ROJAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chilean has under a year left on his contract so he won’t have to wait long before he gets to meet up with his buddy Pep. Therefore, if he is sulking around the Chile training camp, it’s more than a little unprofessional.

While Arturo Vidal disputes previous reports that the forward had informed his compatriots that he was off to City, there are other claims insisting that Alexis was at least obviously affected by the deal not happening.

The BBC‘s David Ornstein, for example, also reported that Alexis had told friends that he was off.


Perhaps if Alexis is going to sulk, he should look at City, who didn’t make a solid approach for him until the end of the window.