Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says there was “zero chance” of the club using Raheem Sterling as part of a swap deal for Arsenal’s Alex Sanchez.
Speaking ahead of City’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on Saturday, the Spaniard reiterated the importance of the England winger in his side and rubbished reports he was willing to use him as part of a deal for Sanchez.
City were heavily linked with a move for Sanchez throughout the transfer window, with speculation reaching boiling point as deadline day approached.
The mega-rich side – who spent £220 million over the summer – reportedly saw a bid of £60m rejected by the Gunners.
The North London club’s rebuffs sparked rumours that Sterling might be used as part of a deal for Sanchez.
But Guardiola was quick to reject any proposal from Arsenal for the England winger.
He told reporters: “When we started to speak with Arsenal in the last days, because before it was not possible, they wanted to make a swap with Raz.
“They talked 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 in him as a 22-year-old English player.
“There is a lot of room to improve.
“The only deal possible was cash.
“We try to make an offer, they accepted but in the end they could not sign the player they wanted to sign.
“Alexis stayed at Arsenal.”
Sanchez, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, is out of contract at the end of this season.
City could potentially come back in for Sanchez in January at a reduced price of £20m.
“Sometimes deals happen, sometimes not,” Guardiola added.
“I don’t know what will happen in the winter time.
“He is an Arsenal player.”
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