Manchester City have tweeted to say that Pep Guardiola denies contacting Alexis Sanchez to try and convince the Arsenal man to join him at Manchester City.

A report appeared in the Spanish papar, El Mercurio which claimed that the City manager had phoned Alexis after his weekend hattrick to try and convince him to join him in Manchester.

The story was easy to believe because of Guardiola’s history with Arsenal players, Sanchez’s current Arsenal contract situation and, well, because we all like to panic.

We doubted it was true in our original report but it’s good to hear Guardiola move to squash the rumours quickly.

It still doesn’t mean he hasn’t been in touch, I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could spit him.

Was it all agent games as we speculated? Possibly. We probably won’t ever know the truth.