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Former Liverpool chief reveals why Sanchez chose Arsenal over Anfield

Date Posted,April 27, 2017

Former Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre has spoken out about the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga of 2014 and explained why the Reds missed out on the Chilean.

Liverpool expressed interest in the Barcelona forward at the time and were seemingly on course to sign him what with Luis Suarez going the other way.

But Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal beat them to the punch, bringing the forward in for a fee around the £35million mark.

At the time Sanchez cited “a great manager, a fantastic squad of players and huge support around the world” as his reasons for wanting to join.

Alexis Sanchez left Barcelona for Arsenal back in 2014 (Photo: David Ramos)
Liverpool Chief Executive Ian Ayre speaks during the opening of the Main Stand
Former Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre has spoken out about the Sanchez transfer saga (Photo: Reuters)

And Liverpool were very disappointed to miss out on signing such a talent, especially considering the career he has gone on to have at Arsenal.

However, according to Ayre, the Gunners always had the advantage over the Reds for reasons completely out of their control.

Arsenal signed the Chilean forward for a fee around the £35million mark (Photo: Getty)

“There was much-publicised interest in Alexis Sanchez, as part of the deal which saw Luis go to Barcelona, and that deal was done,” Ayre told Sky Sports.

“The only reason it wasn’t was that the player and his wife wanted to live in London. We couldn’t move the football club to London, unfortunately!”

Arsene Wenger shouts instructions to Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez favoured a move to Arsenal because he wanted to live in London (Photo: Getty)

This season Sanchez has found the back of the net 19 times in the Premier League assisting on nine occassions.

But the Gunners currently sit outside the Champions League places in sixth, four points behind Man City in fourth.

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