I think the reason Man City can turn around and say “the player doesn’t meet with our valuation,” is that they are sitting on top of the PL, way ahead of every other team, playing the best football in Europe.
When Wenger does it, the player involved is usually a player we need, that has a fair pair price, but Wenger doesn’t like paying unless it is a bargain,.
So inevitably we lose out on a player we are desperate for, just for the sake of a few million.
I’m not even sure how much difference Sanchez or Mahrez would make to Man City anyway.
They are both brilliant players but have been big fish in their respective small ponds.
Playing with similar standard players at Man City, where they play as a team, rather than relying on individual talent, like we did with Sanchez and Leicester do with Mahrez, might not be ideal.
I just hope some of the petulance we saw when Sanchez was frustrated with our play, is replicated at Man U, with Mourinho’s boring style of play.