"That is my experience at Barcelona and Bayern Munich".
The German global, however, rejected a move to the club, citing doubts on United's inability to win the UEFA Champions League as reasons.
Of course Germany, Spain and Italy all have till the end of the month to make more signings but you can't imagine that the nine clubs from the continent will spend anyway near as much as their British counterparts.
But the deal would fall through when Chelsea made an outrageous €222 million demand that Madrid felt was an unrealistic price to pay for the forward.
Likely to sit the deepest in his manager's preferred midfield three, Sarri will be hoping the midfielder can exert similar influence on his new side having made more passes than any other player in Europe's top five leagues last season.
And City defender Kyle Walker epitomised the squad's hunger for more silverware by cutting short his post-World Cup holiday to return to training ahead of the Community Shield.
The club were linked with a number of names, notably Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, for who they had a £25million bid rejected on Wednesday.
At 8:00pm this evening, United and Leicester will do likewise.
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"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players".
"If we play good and we are consistent we have a chance to repeat the Premier League".
"So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie". Yet Maguire stayed put, with Manchester United's interest never really crystalising, and Leicester now have genuine depth of quality among their back four.
The move however irked Guardiola who labelled Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis' decision as unprofessional.
Walker had just two weeks off following England's run to the World Cup semi-finals, but he said: "I had the option if I wanted to come back later I could, but I wanted to be involved".
The Brazil global was, until Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga last week, the world's most expensive goalkeeper following his £65m move from Roma.
Signed by Liverpool when they desperately needed some strength between the sticks, we can certainly hope for greater things to come from this young Brazillian.