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Paul Pogba was offered to Manchester City in January, reveals Pep Guardiola as he hits back at being called a ‘coward and dog’ by agent Mino Raiola.
Guardiola claims the chance to buy Pogba was put to him by the £89million midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola. He said: ‘Two months ago he offered me (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us. He was interested in Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us. Pogba is an incredible player. A top, top player.’
As news of Guardiola’s comments broke last night, Pogba tweeted an image showing his hand to his ear and the caption: ‘Say what?’, as if he couldn’t believe Guardiola’s claim.
Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho has been strained and the Frenchman has started only five of United’s last 12 games. The manager will not be impressed by his public response to the link to City.
And Jorge Mendes, a Mourinho ally, is understood to have an interest in looking after Pogba.
Guardiola’s comments came in a rapier-sharp attack on Raiola, who labelled Guardiola ‘a coward, a dog’ last month to reignite a feud dating back to the Catalan’s handling of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Barcelona.
The revelation that Guardiola was sounded out about the prospect of signing Pogba will spell further trouble for Raiola and Mourinho.
Guardiola’s rebuke was dripping with sarcasm and he added: ‘He (Raiola) has to protect his players and he has to know he cannot bring the players to a guy like me, like a dog.