Guardiola claims he is 'more than happy' with his existing City squad

You don’t look it, Pep! Guardiola claims he is ‘more than happy’ with his squad if the transfer window ended TODAY… despite public pursuit of £150m-rated Tottenham striker Harry Kane

  • Pep Guardiola has claimed he is happy with his existing Manchester City squad
  • City failed to score in their Premier League opener and are chasing Harry Kane
  • Tottenham are holding out for £150 million for the wantaway England captain
  • Jack Grealish joined City for £100 million but Sergio Aguero is yet to be replaced

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed he would be ‘more than happy’ with his squad if the transfer window closed without Harry Kane or any other signings arriving at the club.

The Premier League champions are in a stand-off with Spurs over England captain Kane, who Tottenham value at £150 million – and Guardiola has suggested he will be satisfied even if the two clubs cannot agree a deal by August 31.

City are thought to be refusing to increase the £100 million bid they made for Kane in June, leaving Guardiola without a direct replacement for club record scorer Sergio Aguero following his departure at the end of last season.

Pep Guardiola (right) has until the night of August 31 to sign Harry Kane in this transfer window

Jack Grealish (right) joined Guardiola’s City squad but a striker appears to be the priority now

Asked whether he would be content with his squad if the deadline for signings closed today, Guardiola insisted: ‘Absolutely. More than happy.

‘It’s the same team, except Sergio for Jack Grealish, that we had last season.’

Misfiring City’s performance in their opening match of the new season on Sunday, when a lack of cutting edge cost them in a 1-0 defeat at Spurs, has increased the pressure on Guardiola to meet the asking price for Tottenham’s talisman.

Grealish added even more creativity to an already impressive midfield when he joined for £100 million from Aston Villa earlier this month, but City’s attacking options appeared to be a more urgent concern at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

City were frustrated in their Premier League opener, losing 1-0 to a Spurs side without Kane

Guardiola reflected: ‘We have to play for 111 points [in the remaining] 37 games. I cannot deny we would have preferred to have three points [to begin the season].

‘We have to start to win points, of course, if we want to be near the top of the league. I would like to see the team be a little bit better, in many aspects, than the game against Spurs.’

The pensive-looking boss identified his team’s distance between lines, passing accuracy and retention, fitness, transition play and aggression in the final third among the elements he wants to improve, as well as set pieces. 

‘In football, there are 1,000 things that you cannot work on in just a few days,’ he added. ‘We can do better.  




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