It’s a thing of the past now, but not that distant past. Claudio Bravo made his debut for Manchester City this season in their 5-0 triumph against Liverpool, and talking to reporters after the match he was asked to shed some light on how Chile teammate Alexis Sanchez was on August 31, the last day of the transfer window.
He went from happiness to bitterness in a few hours. The transfer didn’t happen because a player didn’t go to Arsenal and everything collapsed. It’s all in the past now, though
the Chilean goalkeeper said, talking about City’s agreement with Arsenal, a deal that collapsed a few hours later, as the Gunners failed to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco, and subsequently informed City they couldn’t afford to lose Sanchez.
We would have loved to have him here, but the market gives you these time limits and the rush is not good. This time it was not possible, but hopefully we will have him here in the future
Bravo also said, echoing the belief of many at Etihad Stadium, that sooner or later (in January or next summer), Sanchez will join them.
Bravo had to get ready in seconds and replace Ederson after the newly-signed goalkeeper got injured by Sadio Mane in a really unfortunate incident for both. Ederson left the pitch on a stretcher, while the Liverpool winger was shown a direct red card.