Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Chelsea refused to sign Alexis Sanchez because players like Eden Hazard and Willian will demand pay rises if Sanchez joins Chelsea.
Sanchez will earn £350,000 weekly as basic wage at Manchester United.
“They [Chelsea] needed Sanchez,” Merson said.
“If they would have got Sanchez I think they get in the top four.
But if you go and get Sanchez, you bet your bottom dollar come what two days later, Hazard’s agent’s knocking on the door, Willian’s is knocking on the door, (Cesc) Fabregas, (N’Golo) Kante.
“They’re all knocking on the door and before you know it, that £100million signing for his package turns into £200m.”