Pep Guardiola Claims 3 or 4 More Arrivals Are Expected This Summer as Man City Build for Future
Manchester City are still in talks with 'three or four' players about the possibility of moving to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
That is according to manager Pep Guardiola, who confirmed that the Citizens' lavish summer spending spree is not over, in an interview with BBC Sport.
The Spaniard has already forked out almost £120m on three new signings this summer, and he admitted more arrivals are coming, with an emphasis on building for the future.
He said: “We are talking to three or four players – with the next three, four, five years in mind. They are young players.
“We have options for players coming, but until the deal is done, out of respect for the other clubs I cannot say anything."
Two of those rumoured transfer targets are Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy and right-sided full-back Danilo - although the latter is also interesting Premier League holders Chelsea.
When asked if the duo were part of that select group he mentioned, Guardiola would not be drawn on names.
He added: “Mendy is the same case as Danilo, we have targets and we see what happens. He’s a Monaco player so I’m quiet in my comments.”
City's first-team squad has been bolstered by the acquisitions of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson, Monaco winger Bernardo Silva and Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker, but Guardiola is keen to do more business as he plots a title push ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
Pep Guardiola has spent more per season (€112.6) than Jose Mourinho (€98.7) but it's the latter who has been labeled a chequebook manager 🤔— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) July 19, 2017
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez was a long-term target of his but, following Arsene Wenger's comments that the Chilean striker was not for sale, has seemingly cooled his interest in the forward.
Guardiola has left a number of senior stars from last season depart the club, with the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Bacary Sagna all departing either on free transfers or on loan.