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.
Alexis Sanchez pulled under Guardiola at Barcelona
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.”
Guardiola offered no update on whether plans to sign a new centre-half this month were progressing – City have again been linked with West Brom’s Jonny Evans – but stressed the character of any potential new player was important.
He said: “Always I believe if players adapt quickly, it depends on their quality and if they are nice people. We are looking for nice people to come to help us if we believe we need them.”