The management of Manchester City has denied claims that new manager, Pep Guardiola is not allowed to raid old club Bayern Munich this summer.
Bayern’s Douglas Costa sparked the rumours after claiming that he wouldn’t be able to move to the Premier League if Guardiola came calling.
The Brazil international told Globo Esporte: “Would I be open to City if Pep called? It’s something he has in his contract, a clause that says he cannot sign any players from Bayern.
“I’m in a situation where I could stay at Bayern for a long time. The club’s philosophy is to keep players at Bayern for a long time.
“I’m happy at the prospect of enjoying a long career here.”
But City has said that such a clause does not exist, which means Guardiola is free to poach stars from Bayern – if he is prepared to stump up a lot of cash.
The 45-year-old has already moved to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, spending £21million in the process.
Guardiola is also closing in on a deal to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the reported figure close to £60m.