It’s not every day the manager of a Premier League club admits that he could have signed his rivals best player, but today, Pep Guardiola confirmed Manchester City rejected the chance to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in January.
City’s boss claimed during his Friday press conference that the club had turned down a proposal from super-agent, Mino Raiola, that would enable City to sign the midfielder from United.
The news comes as a shock to supporters, not only because Pogba is a United player, but also because of the dislike Raiola has for Guardiola after he labelled the former Barcelona coach a ‘dog’.
“I don’t understand why I am such a bad guy. But being this guy, two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us. Why?
“Why did he offer them? He was interested in Mkhitaryan and Pogba playing with us.
“Pogba is an incredible player. A top, top player.
“I said no. We don’t have the money enough to buy Pogba because he is so expensive.”
Raiola confirmed Guardiola’s comments were accurate but denies he personally asked him about signing both United players.
“I never spoke to him. And that I offer players not to him but to Manchester City,” Raiola said.
The temperature has undoubtedly risen ahead of the eagerly anticipated Manchester derby with United boss Jose Mourinho unlikely to allow Guardiola’s comments to go unscathed.