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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City want 3 or 4 new signings but not a ‘Number 9’ striker

Pep Guardiola has revealed that Manchester City want three or four new players between now and the start of next season – but isn’t chasing a traditional ‘No 9’.

Speaking in the embargoed portion of his pre-Newcastle press conference, the Catalan coach spoke quite openly about what City are looking to do over the remainder of this transfer window and next summer’s.

“We decide players on how they can improve the squad. We can still improve. We saw it last Sunday,” Pep told the assembled media.

“We need to anticipate it now. We feel we need to invest in the summer, with three or four. If we do it now, we do it for the summer.

“We have the two strikers and we do not need another one in that position. Other players can play there in different circumstances. To buy a striker who can only play there: that is not going to happen.

“Sterling can play there. He did at Old Trafford and in the States in pre-season. He showed me that he can handle that pressure without problems. He’s more of a winger, a number 10, but we are not going to buy a striker.”

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