Pep Guardiola has rubbished reports he made contact with Alexis Sanchez on Saturday night labelling a Chilean journalist a liar for peddling suggestions that Manchester City are trying to sign the Arsenal striker.
El Mercurio claim that after seeing Sanchez net a hat-trick against West Ham United (watch it again here), Guardiola, who worked with the attacker at Barcelona, immediately called the player to persuade him to quit the Emirates for the Etihad rather than sign a contract extension in London.
The report even went so far as to suggest it wasn’t the first time Guardiola had booty called Arsene Wenger’s star man.
Speaking to journalists ahead of his side’s Champions League game with Celtic, Guardiola responded emphatically to the rumours stating: “False. The journalist is a liar. Sanchez would fit into any side in the world.”
PEP: (on Sanchez rumours) False. The journalist is a liar. Sanchez would fit into any side in the world. #mcfc
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 5, 2016
No doubt, Wenger will be asked about the same story when he faces the press this afternoon. The onus is obviously on Arsenal to plough on with negotiations as they look to nail down Sanchez to a new long-term, big-money deal.
The Chile striker will be out of contract at the end of next season.