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Antonio Conte reveals why Chelsea failed to sign Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez became a Manchester United player on Monday. (Getty Images)

Antonio Conte admits Chelsea failed to sign Alexis Sanchez as they could not compete with the wages on offer from Manchester United.

The Chile international officially completed his move to Old Trafford on Monday in a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join Arsenal.

Chelsea were linked with Sanchez when United were in the advanced stages of the transfer.

But according to Conte, the 29-year-old, who is now the highest-paid player in the Premier League, was always out of reach for the Premier League champions.

‘We never were in this race. Ever,’ admitted the Chelsea manager.

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