Man City signing Yan Couto: Guardiola key to rejecting Barcelona

Manchester City signing Yan Couto has revealed he was close to joining Barcelona.

It emerged earlier this year that the Coritiba fullback had signed with City and would join the Premier Leageu giants this summer.

Couto told ESPN Brasil: “I had a good conversation with Barcelona and I thought I would go there.

“But Manchester City showed up and showed me how it was going to be. At first they wanted to loan me right away, but then I spoke with (manager Pep) Guardiola. He said I would do pre-season with the first team and from there it would be up to me.

“Guardiola was very attentive and said that he was really happy that I came to the club. It was the best decision for me.”