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Before signing for Manchester United in an incredible fairytale homecoming, Ronaldo was offered to City by his controversial agent Jorge Mendes - becoming an overwhelming odds-on favourite to join the Citizens.
But after being pipped to the post by their fierce local rivals, City’s transfer window could have been even more dramatic after they lined up a move for one of Barcelona’s brightest stars.
After a move for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner fell through, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that Pep Guardiola contacted Mendes - also the agent of Fati - to enquire over the possibility of luring the young prodigy to the Etihad.
Those high up in the City hierarchy are believed to made a case to sign the star in a bid to disrupt contractual negotiations between Fati and Barcelona.
In welcome news for Barca fans, though, the prospect is thought to have barely got off the ground, with both Fati and Mendes in agreement that staying at the Camp Nou was in the player’s best interest.
Viewed by many in the Barcelona hierarchy as the club's next superstar, the 18-year-old burst on to the scene after emerging from the famed La Masia academy set-up.
Fati made history as he became the youngest Barcelona player to score in La Liga history, finding the net against Osasuna at just 16 years and 304 days old.
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