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Pogba Was Offered To Man City In January – Guardiola

The City boss said the pair’s agent, Mino Raiola, contacted him and told him the midfielders were available.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed they were offered the chance to buy Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United in January.

Guardiola made the stunning claim during his press conference ahead of Saturday’s decisive Manchester derby that could see his side clinch the Premier League title with a win over Jose Mourinho’s United.

The City boss said the pair’s agent, Mino Raiola, contacted him and told him the midfielders were available.

Pogba, who joined United for a then world record £89m in 2016, stayed at United as Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal.

Raiola however told BBC Sport he did not speak to Guardiola but did not deny telling City of the players’ availability.

In his news conference before Saturday’s Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium – when City will win the Premier League if they beat their rivals – Guardiola was asked to comment on reports that Raiola called him “a coward” and a “dog” for the way he treats people.

Guardiola said: “Two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us.

“Comparing [me to] a dog is bad – it’s not good. He has to respect the dogs.”

After a bright start to his United career since returning from Juventus in 2016, Pogba has seen his first-team place threatened in recent times having been dropped for a number of big games.

Spaniard Guardiola refused to say whether he was interested in Pogba but said the 25-year-old France international “is an exceptional player, a top, top player”.

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