On the eve of the Manchester Derby, City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed so called ‘super agent’ Mino Raiola advised him in January, that United duo Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were available to buy.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Pep said “two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us.” And of Pogba, Pep said he is an “exceptional player, a top, top player,” but said City didn’t have the money to buy him because he is so expensive.
However Raiola has countered the claims, saying he never spoke to Pep, and would only speak to Manchester City, but stopped short of saying whether or not the players had been available.
Mkhitaryan eventually left United for Arsenal, in a swap deal which saw Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford, while Pogba remained in Manchester. The French international has received criticism for many of his performances and has been relegated to the bench on occasions in favour of Scott McTominay.
Raiola is also agent to Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who criticised Pep in his autobiography, claiming he ‘bought a Ferrari but drove it like a Fiat.’ It was Pep’s alleged treatment of Ibrahimovic that led to a falling out between Pep and Raiola.
City face united at the Etihad tomorrow, where victory will secure City’s third Premier League title and Pep’s first in England.