‘Significant funds’ made available for Pep Guardiola’s defensive recruitment in January

Manchester City have allocated ‘significant funds’ for Pep Guardiola to spend big on defensive reinforcements in January, according to the Metro.

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City are struggling with major injuries having a major effect on their attempts to win a third successive title. Now, with Liverpool eight points clear after eight matches, significant funds have been made available for Guardiola to use in the January transfer window.

Benfica youngster Ruben Dias has been heavily linked in recent weeks as a potential target for the blues, while Guardiola has also been extremely impressed with Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu.

Much has been made of Manchester City’s failed attempts to sign Harry Maguire this summer, as the Metro states. City were reluctant to meet Leicester City’s £80m valuation, which allowed Manchester United to secure his addition.

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Since then, injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones have caused serious problems for City in defence. Fernandinho’s transition into the role was forced to be accelerated, and he and Nicolas Otamendi have been struggling to adapt quickly under the circumstances.

Despite the interest in Soyuncu from Pep Guardiola, City will find negotiations with Leicester in January to be impossible, according to the Metro. The Foxes will not entertain bids for their standout defender. Ruben Dias is another option that has been looked at intensively, but City are balking at Benfica’s £79 million valuation of the Portuguese international. The last major name that has been linked is Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. However, the 28 year-old is not considered a viable option as Manchester City would have to break the world record to secure his services.

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Contrary to these reports, Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News stated that City have NO plans to make any January additions. He cites that this has been Guardiola’s stance all along. The Catalonian called it a ‘challenge’ to work through this unfortunate scenario, and pointed out that John Stones return after the international break would lessen the problem.

The manager’s faith in youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis is also reported to be a major reason behind the club’s stance that no winter additions are necessary.

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