Cape Town - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has
suggested that the club partly failed to sign Alexis Sanchez because his salary
demands did not fit in with his side's wage structure.
Rivals Manchester United snapped up the
forward from Arsenal after the two teams were both initially battling to land
his services. Sky Sports News reported that Sanchez is earning more than £350 000
per week at Old Trafford, which priced the Citizens out of any deal.
As such, while the perception exists that
Man City have the financial resources to sign any player in the world,
Guardiola says this is not the case.
He said: "When you want to handle four
competitions sometimes you have to be lucky with injuries. Otherwise you need
22 top players for every position.
"People don't believe this, but today
22 top players is too expensive to buy, even [for] City. Their salaries we
"There are budgets for the transfers
and we cannot pay. In the future, it may change but we haven't paid more than
£80m-£100m for one player. We cannot pay that right now, it is the truth.
"That's why we need the academy to
fight. Of course, we spend a lot money but it is the same money as a lot of
other teams. I can assure you we are not the only team in the world that spend
Meanwhile, City will have to shift their
focus back to the Premier League on Wednesday when they welcome West Bromwich
Albion to the Ethihad stadium.
Kick-off is at 22:00