Jose Mourinho says Alexis Sanchez did not come to Manchester United for the money

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Jose Mourinho uses an analogy about an orange tree to explain his opinion of Manchester City's reaction to not signing Alexis Sanchez

Jose Mourinho has claimed the reason Alexis Sanchez chose to join Manchester United has nothing to do with money.

Sanchez looked likely to join Manchester City before they pulled out due to the cost of the deal, leaving United to swoop in under their rivals' noses.

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Sky Sports News understands Sanchez is earning more than £350,000 per week at Old Trafford, whereas City were unwilling to agree to demands that would have made him the highest paid player in their squad.

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on January 13, 2018 in St Albans, England.
Image: Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United in a swap deal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal, on Monday

When asked why Sanchez chose United over City, Mourinho said: "I don't know. I know that if other clubs didn't get it it's not a problem of money for sure.

"You go and analyse the numbers and Manchester City, Chelsea, even Everton spend more money than us.

"You have to put things in perspective - how much would Alexis Sanchez cost in a normal transfer with three years left on his contract? Look to the numbers now and I would say roughly between £100-150m.

Jose Mourinho keeps warm during the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor
Image: Jose Mourinho claimed several clubs, including Everton, spent more money than United

"Alexis could go everywhere, he had lots of choices, he decided to come here and you have to ask him why.

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"Was expensive? Was cheap? Honestly I think it was fair. I think it's a very good deal for us."

Pep Guardiola said City pulled out of the deal in order to preserve the "stability of the club" but Mourinho had his own unique view of the situation.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle
Image: Pep Guardiola said Manchester City had to pull out of a deal to sign Sanchez to protect the 'stability of the club'

He said: "Alexis reminds me a little bit the metaphor when you see a tree with amazing oranges in the top of the tree and then you cannot get there and you say I got the lower ones because I don't like the ones in the top.

"You like the ones in the top, they are so nice and so orange and so round, so full of juice, but you cannot get there.

"So you say I didn't want to go there or I prefer the other ones. I think it reminds me a little bit of that story."

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