Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has sensationally claimed that he was offered the chance to buy both Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January.
The man from Catalonia met the media before the Manchester derby against Manchester United, and claimed that ‘superagent’ Mino Raiola offered him both Red Devils players…
Raiola and Guardiola have had a long-standing feud going on, and honestly, I’m not sure why the City boss has come out and claimed that Jose Mourinho offered him their best midfielder, but I find it hard to see any truth in it.
“Two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us.” Guardiola responded, per the Manchester Evening News.
“Why did he offer? He was interested in Mkhitaryan and Pogba playing with us?
“So he has to protect his players and he cannot bring the players to a guy like me, like a dog.
“I said no. We don’t have enough money to buy Pogba because he is so expensive.”
Then for Guardiola to claim Pogba is so expensive just takes things to another level, this is a man who’s spent in excess of £200million on defenders since his arrival at The Etihad less than two months ago. Honestly, this just feels like an attempt at mind-games before the derby, who knows, perhaps he’s feeling a little sorry for himself after getting absolutely walloped by Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Anyway, it makes for an even more intriguing derby tomorrow evening. We all know that Pogba is going to start that game, and he has a real opportunity to send out a message to Guardiola and co. Hopefully, our French midfield maestro steps up and puts in a world-class display, preventing City from winning the title against United in the process.