Manchester City’s Spanish coach Pep
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will
seek to make “three or four” major signings
this summer, with a replacement for the
injury-hit Benjamin Mendy a top priority.
Mendy has been plagued by knee problems
since joining from Monaco for £52 million
($69 million) in 2017, forcing Guardiola to
use a number of makeshift left-backs in
Aymeric Laporte, Fabian Delph and
“Today, he’s not fit,” said Guardiola. “It’s
not about (the physicality of) English
football, it’s the fact that he’s not able to
play, he’s been injured during two seasons.
“If it happens in two seasons it can happen
three, yeah definitely. Hopefully not, we’ll
work with that, he’s working with that, but
the truth is we could use him in a few
“That is the reality. At the end, the
strongest guys, every day are there. That is
the truth. That’s why we are looking for,
maybe, you know, for the next season.”
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Guardiola is hopeful of adding up to four
new faces in the summer. Back up for
Fernandinho in holding midfield is another
City’s business in the transfer market may
even be hastened by a FIFA investigation
that could lead to a transfer ban, similar to
that imposed on Chelsea last week.
Chelsea have appealed their ban for two
transfer windows over the signing of
City are facing a similar probe into their
conduct over foreign youth signings,
meaning the need to stockpile talent this
year could be more important than ever.
“There are three or four positions I think
we have to try to look for and some ideas
we have,” added Guardiola.
City missed out on Chelsea midfielder
Jorginho and Manchester United’s forgotten
Brazilian Fred last summer in the search
for a successor to Fernandinho.
The 33-year-old’s presence has been badly
missed at times when sidelined by injury
But Ilkay Gundogan ably deputised for a 1-0
win over West Ham on Wednesday and is
expected to maintain his place in that role
with Fernandinho some weeks away from a
return to action.
Guardiola is keen for the German to extend
his contract beyond 2020 having rejected
the club’s first offer.
“I think Gundo, in the first season he
couldn’t play because of a tough injury, six
or seven months out, but always when he
was able to play a lot of games he is an
incredibly important player,” added
“He knows what we want, he knows what
we think about him but it’s the same as
other cases like we said in the past, at the
end, the last decision is not in our hands.
“We try to speak with him, we want him to
extend the contract right now. Yesterday
would have been better than today, and
today better than tomorrow. But if he
doesn’t want to, we cannot do anything
“If he was 100 percent (certain to stay),
then the deal would have been done, we
are still in negotiations.”