Pep Guardiola vows there was never a chance that he would allow Raheem Sterling to leave for Arsenal as part of the deal that would have taken Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City on transfer deadline day.
But Pep refused point – and opposite number Arsene Wenger then pulled the plug on a ash – only move for Sanchez to the Etihad.
The City boss stressed: “When we start to speak with Arsenal in the last days because before it was impossible.
“They want to make a swap with Raz. They talk to me and I said no chance. Zero chance.
“Not one percent chance to make a swap with Alexis and Raz.
“I trust a lot with him. He is 22, English he has a lot of gap to improve.
“The only deal if possible is cash.
“We try to make an offer, they accept, but in the end they could not sign the player they wanted to sign, Alexis stayed in Arsenal.”
Sanchez, wo had a £400,000 per week awaiting him if Arsenal had accepted City’s offer of £60M, is still desperate to move north.
And Guardiola left the door open for a January move, saying : “In the end Arsenal would not sell him.
“But I know Alexis well. I worked with him at Barcelona.