Guardiola: Man City to rein in spending after record outlay

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

According to, the agent of Perisic has visited Manchester United to give them the latest on the Croatian worldwide.

The United manager had outlined four positions he wanted to strengthen in to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the start of the transfer window, but only Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have arrived at Old Trafford.

The countdown to the new Premier League season is well and truly on with Arsenal set to kick off proceedings against Leicester City on Friday evening.

With Timothy Fosu-Mensah joining Crystal Palace on loan, United could also be in the market for another right-back to provide competition for Antonio Valencia.

"We got a central defender that can play in many other positions, which is important", he added.

Lukaku faces the greatest scrutiny, having been brought in to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the charismatic Swede was released in the wake of the serious knee injury he suffered last season.

"We have a central midfielder and striker, so obviously another player would be one coming from the sides".

"There are some transfers that have gone ahead so far that are so above our levels you nearly have to disregard them".

On the return of Ibrahimovic to the squad, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss said: "You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play". Lacazette acknowledges the Premier League will be a big step up.

This will be the first competitive meeting between these two clubs since a League Cup tie back in September 2008.

Mourinho, who confirmed that Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are still sidelined with injury, believes his squad is in similar shape to how it was at the end of 20116-17, despite their three marquee signings.

I rate Liverpool's chances of winning the title quite slim, but I see no reason why they can't finish in the top four again.

"Arsenal and Everton, they are in the Europa League". Despite finishing sixth in the league, the Portuguese coach completed his first season at United with two trophies.

Manchester City have spent big this summer to sure up the full-back spots, bringing in Kyle Walker from Tottenham (£50m) and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco (£50m), as well as Danilo from Real Madrid (£26.5m).

Guardiola also pointed out City were not alone in the high-spending stakes during a summer which has seen the world transfer record smashed with Neymar's £200.6million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Hughton has insisted Brighton must ignore any gulf in financial clout however, citing Burnley and Bournemouth as examples of how to carve out a Premier League niche on a budget.

"In the Premier League, I'd say seven teams will fight for the title and 20 fight for the victory in every game, every match".

"It's different to any one of the other leagues".

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