Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola has sent a clear message about the English club’s intentions during the winter transfer window. The Citizens will not recruit in January.
“There was no name on the table”
The winter transfer window will not be that of Manchester City. Facing the media before the Citizens’ trip to Leeds United on Wednesday as part of the 17th day of the Premier League, the coach of the English club Josep Guardiola set a clear trend on the ambitions of the reigning English champion during the month of January. A few months after paying more than 150 million euros in transfer compensation last summer, Manchester City will remain wise in the coming weeks. This is the announcement made by the Spanish technician before the meeting against the Peacocks. “I don’t think we’re going to sign a player in January, so we’ll end up like this. I don’t know what will happen but since I arrived from Abu Dhabi, with Txiki Begiristain and everyone, there was no name on the table.
Everything therefore suggests that Manchester City will bet on the stability of its workforce to play the second part of the 2022-2023 season, even if it is not excluded that some players lacking playing time will leave the Etihad Stadium. before January 31. Third in the Premier League one length behind Newcastle and eight behind Arsenal, Erling Haaland’s partners obviously remain in the running to win a new Premier League. On the European scene, Manchester City will leave with the favor of the predictions against the Germans of RB Leipzig in the knockout stages of the Champions League, on February 22 and March 14. Finally, the neighbors of Manchester United are still qualified in the two national cups – Chelsea for the 3rd round of the FA Cup and Southampton in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
24 goals for Haaland
During the last summer transfer window, Manchester City notably paid 60 million euros for Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, landed from Borussia Dortmund, and 49 million euros for English midfielder Kalvin Phillips, defector from Leeds United. With 24 goals in just 19 appearances in all competitions, including 18 goals in 13 Premier League games, the 22-year-old gunner hasn’t missed his first few months on the other side of the Channel. With such a rich workforce, Manchester City says it is sufficiently armed not to take action in January.
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