The £ 100m signing of Jack Grealish’s British record will be the only major deal of the summer
Pep Guardiola does not expect any more revenue or expenses at Manchester City as the transfer deadline approaches.
City are missing a striker after missing top-seeded Harry Kane, who lives at Tottenham, while also pulling the plug for a move for Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Several players, including Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte, are linked with the move away from the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola expects the same group after the transfer window closed on Tuesday.
What was said?
Asked about the possibility of players leaving at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal in the Premier League, Guardiola said: ‘At the moment I do not think so, but maybe it’s going to happen.
“Anything can happen, but my opinion is that everything will end the way it is now, and that’s good enough.”
City usually let their transfer businesses do early in the window, but there is still a chance of a late deal.
“I do not know what is going to happen, it is a mystery, the transfer window this season is so strange,” Guardiola added.
“There are big, big issues, the English teams have done one or two signings. Maybe the rumors are that Real Madrid are going to do something, and the rest I do not know.”
The bigger picture
City have been looking for a new striker since Sergio Aguero was able to leave for Barcelona with a free transfer at the end of last season.
Despite the clarity that he wanted to leave Spurs, City could not reach an agreement with Kane, while Lionel Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain without the club being interested.
The so-called super agent Jorge Mendes offered Ronaldo to the club, but despite talks, the Premier League champions decided not to take a step.
Mendes also tried to get a move for Bernardo, another of his players who wants to switch to Spain.
However, there are no offers and the Portuguese international looks like he will stay with the Etihad.