Manchester City allocate funds for Pep Guardiola to make January signing



The Premier League champions have made a stuttering start to their title defence and trail leaders Liverpool by eight points after eight matches. Much of that has been down to City’s defensive problems which were brought on by the long-term injury sustained by Aymeric Laporte, which is set to keep the Frenchman out until the New Year. Injury to John Stones has only compounded City’s defensive frailties and Fernandinho has been used as an emergency centre-back alongside the unfavoured Nicolas Otamendi in recent weeks. Premier League champions Manchester City allocate funds for Pep Guardiola

Guardiola was interested in signing Harry Maguire last summer following Vincent Kompany’s retirement but City refused to meet Leicester City’s £80m asking price for the England international. The club remain keen to strengthen in defence and understands ‘significant’ funds are available for Guardiola to use in the January window. City have been linked with a move for Benfica defender Ruben Dias but would not entertain the Portuguese club’s £79m valuation of the centre-back. Similarly, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is not considered a viable option given City would have to break their transfer record to sign the 28-year-old. Guardiola has been impressed with Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu this season but the Foxes would not entertain bids in January and are notoriously difficult to negotiate with. Premier League champions Manchester City allocate funds for Pep Guardiola



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