Mancini claims City snubbed Pogba transfer

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Manchester City passed up the opportunity to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United on a free transfer, according to the club's former manager Roberto Mancini, reports the Daily Mail.

The Italian tactician - now in charge of Turkish giants Galatasaray - was speaking ahead of tonight's Champions League clash against Juventus, where his side will come up against the France international, now regarded as one of Europe's brightest young talents.

Pogba decided to leave Old Trafford at the end of his contract in 2012, after growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities under former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 20-year-old ended up moving to Italy to link up with Antonio Conte in Turin, and excelled in his first season in Serie 'A', helping the Old Lady retain the domestic title.

"He is a player I really like," Mancini was quoted by Tuttosport. "Two years ago, before he went to Juventus, we could have signed him for Manchester City on a free transfer.

"To be honest, I can't really remember why we decided not to."

The news will surely come as a disappointment to Manchester City fans, not only because the Etihad Stadium outfit missed out on the prodigious Pogba, but also the opportunity to get one over on their rivals Manchester United.

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