Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were offered to Manchester City by their agent in January, manager Pep Guardiola has claimed.
The astonishing revelation comes on the eve of an eagerly-anticipated Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium that could see City win the Premier League title if they beat rivals United.
The affairs of both players are managed by Mino Raiola and Guardiola made the claim after being asked about the agent, with whom he has had past differences, at his pre-match press conference.
In March Raiola hit out at Guardiola over his treatment of Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the pair were at Barcelona, calling him "an absolute zero", a "coward" and a "dog."
Guardiola had been asked a question about his rivalry with United boss Jose Mourinho when he turned attention to agents.
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