Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola rejected the chance to bring Brazil international Philippe Coutinho back to England, according to the latest reports.
After the German star Leroy Sane picked up a knee injury, which could see the player miss the entire season, the Citizens were offered the former Liverpool player, claims Marca.
The Spanish newspaper though reports that Guardiola was not interested in the Brazilian and in fact passed up the opportunity to land the attacker on loan.
Instead, Philippe ended up at Bayern Munich on loan, the German heavyweights that were ironically in the pursuit of Sane all summer.
Niko Kovac’s side previously had confirmed their interest in the City attacker, but Pep had always stated he wanted to retain the services of the 23-year-old and was hopeful of doing so.
Sane then damaged his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during City’s Community Shield win against Liverpool at the start of the previous month, which came as a hammer blow to the Spaniard.
The star has since undergone surgery and has started the long road to recovery, but it looks as though the Citizens will be without the dynamic attacker for the majority if not all of the season.
City have not put a timescale on the star’s return but Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan have both had seasons ruined by similar problems in the latest years.
Leroy has been offered a new deal at the Etihad Stadium but has not yet penned. He has two years left on his current deal.