Man City were offered Man United's Paul Pogba in January, says Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City were offered the chance to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba during the January transfer window, according to City manager Pep Guardiola.

“I said no. We don’t have the money to buy Pogba because he is so expensive,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday as he attacked the conduct of agent Mino Raiola.

Guardiola also suggested Raiola offered him then United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan shortly before his move to Arsenal in part-exchange for Alexis Sanchez.

City will win this season’s Premier League title if they beat second-placed United at the Etihad on Saturday.

There is no suggestion that United had given their approval for Pogba – signed for a club-record fee of £89 million ($125 million, 102 million euros) from Juventus in 2016 – to be offered to City.

Guardiola’s ire was aimed solely at Raiola, with whom he has had a long-running feud dating back to his Barcelona days.

That feud was reignited two weeks ago when Raiola called Guardiola a “zero”, a “coward” and a “dog” after former United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of his clients, moved from Old Trafford to join the LA Galaxy in the United States’ Major League Soccer.

Raiola has long believed Guardiola forced Ibrahimovic out of Barcelona in 2011, a year before they won the Champions League — a competition the Sweden forward has never won.

“Finally, the people discover my secrets – I am a bad guy, I’m a coward,” Guardiola said Friday with heavy sarcasm.

“So if I’m a bad guy, and he (Raiola) has to protect his players, then he has to know he cannot bring the players (to) a guy like me, who is a dog.”

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Willian could end up in Manchester.

Though the summer transfer window is still a few months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

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WILLIAN

Manchester United still lead the way in their pursuit of the Chelsea midfield star, The Sun reports.

The Red Devils have been long-time admirers of the 29-year-old Brazilian, who has been one of the standout performers in a difficult campaign for the Blues in which he has netted on 13 occasions.

World Cup-bound, Willian – who has two years left to run on his Stamford Bridge contract – has apparently stated he will not discuss his future until after the tournament.

If United do indeed get their man, it could mean spell the end of Juan Mata‘s career in Manchester.

Chelsea’s fleet of foot midfielder is in demand.

PACO ALCACER

Southampton are ready to pounce for the Barcelona forward, should the Saints stay in the Premier League.

Mark Hughes’ men are embroiled in a fight to avoid relegation but the South Coast side are keen to land the 24-year-old attacker this summer.

Alcacer is very much a back-up to club legend Lionel Messi and the prolific Luis Suarez at Camp Nou, but has still chalked up six goals in all competitions.

The ex-Valencia man would provide welcome firepower to the St Mary’s Stadium side, however, the player himself is said to want to stay in Spain.

Alcacer has netted five goals in all competitions this term.

Alcacer has featured infrequently for Barcelona.

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Javier Hernandez headlines our Rumour Mill as West Ham forward refuses to confirm Hammers stay

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Former Red Devils hotshot: Hernandez.

Though the summer transfer window is still a few months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours of various players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

JAVIER HERNANDEZ

The West Ham striker is set to leave the Olympic Stadium in the summer after just one campaign with the east London outfit.

In an interview with American Spanish-language network Univision, the 29-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid star refused to confirm he would stay beyond this term and will assess his situation once the season draws to a close.

The Mexico hitman, who joined the Hammers from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, has endured a hit and miss nine months so far in England.

However, he has still found the back of the net on seven occasions in the Premier League and impressed boss David Moyes in recent weeks, with West Ham still to secure their top-flight safety.

Hernandez, who has two years remaining on his contract, almost left the club in January but Moyes blocked the move to preserve much-needed firepower.

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 03: Javier Hernandez of West Ham United arrives prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Hernandez hasn’t enjoyed a great return to the Premier League.

MATEO KOVACIC

Inter Milan are lining up a summer move for their former midfielder, who is currently plying his trade with Real Madrid, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato.

The 23-year-old Los Blancos star has impressed when called upon by Zinedine Zidane in the Champions League this season but ultimately failed to secure a first-team berth on a consistent basis.

Now, it seems, the Croatian will seek to end his three-year stay in the Spanish capital and re-sign for Nerazzurri – the club where he enjoyed success between 2012 and 2015.

Madrid, though, could decide to keep him as a back-up with there being doubts over Isco’s form and the future of Dani Ceballos.

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 03: Juan Cuadrado (L) of Juventus FC is challenged by Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Allianz Stadium on April 3, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Mateo Kovacic came on late in the quarter-final first leg in Turin.

LEONARDO BITTENCOURT

Tottenham have turned their attentions to the in-form FC Koln wide-man, Kicker reports.

The 24-year-old has been watched by Spurs scouts this term but the north London side face competition from Ligue 1 giants Monaco for his signature.

Bundesliga outfit FC Koln are currently six points adrift from safety in the German top-flight, with Bittencourt having a cutprice €8 million (Dh36m) release clause in his contract should they fail to avoid relegation.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund prodigy has played at various youth levels for Germany but not yet featured in the full set-up.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - MARCH 18: Leonardo Bittencourt #21 of 1.FC Koeln controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at RheinEnergieStadion on March 18, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bittencourt is trying to keep the Cologne-based side in the Bundesliga.

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