A former Manchester United defender has revealed he was on the brink of joining Manchester City before he moved to another Premier League rival.
Former France international Mikael Silvestre made 366 appearances for the Red Devils before departing the club in 2008.
The defender revealed he was having a medical with Man City before Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger phoned him about a move to North London.
“I was halfway through the medical at Manchester City, then during lunchtime – the break during the medical – I got a phone call from Arsene saying he wanted to sign me,” Silvestre told Soccer AM.
“I had to then phone [Mark] Hughes and tell him ‘I’m sorry, I have to turn down your offer’.”
Silvestre lasted only two seasons with the Gunners, making 40 appearances before left to join Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen.