Man City are in the market for as many as four more signings this summer, according to their Spanish manager, Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola continues to chop and change his team ahead of the 2017/2018 Premier League season, with a number of players already shown the exit, and more to follow.
Life in the PL hasn’t been as easy as first thought for the former Bayern Munich boss, who went trophy-less for the first time in his career despite a brilliant start early on to his career in England.
With players like Alexis Sanchez, Ryan Bertrand and Benjamin Mendy still linked with a move to the Etihad, following the arrivals of three already, Guardiola says City are interested in bringing in four more.
“We have many options for people, players coming, but until the deal is done out of respect for the other clubs I cannot say absolutely anything,” Guardiola said.
Guardiola, who has already spent over £50million on Kyle Walker this summer, has also been linked with a move for Real Madrid’s right-back, and admitted that the former Porto defender is one of several options.
“But [Danilo] is one option we have.
“I said he’s a player from Real Madrid, so we are talking with not too much players but three or four players to try, if possible, to join us for not only the next season but the next three, four, five years because all of them are so, so young players.
“We need that, refresh with the spirit of the new players. It is good for them, for the old players like Vincent (Kompany) and the other ones here in the club.
“It is going to help us to rebuild a little bit more the club and we’ll see.
Guardiola also confirmed that star striker, Kun Aguero, will stay at the club, while Kelechi Iheanacho is surely on his way out, with a deal expected to be completed in the coming days.
“You know my opinion on Sergio,” he said. “I said many times last season and I don’t change absolutely any words about what I said. “He’s our player, he will remain here.
On Iheanacho’s absence from their preseason tour of the US, the 46 year-old had this to say; “He is close to making a deal, a transfer and he decided to stay in Manchester,” the City boss said.
“Maybe next week or the next 10 days he is going to finish.
“We have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back. “But he’s a young player and we believe he deserves to play.”
Guardiola was speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of the International Champions Cup derby match against neighbours, Manchester United, in Houston.