Pep Guardiola reiterated after Sunday’s 4-1 win over West Ham that his Manchester City squad need evolution, not revolution after several transfer windows of heavy activity.
The Catalan will be well backed in the transfer market, but in his own words is only looking for two major signings at most – and possibly not even that many.
The key will be to avoid the pitfall of so many champions of late – including City twice over – of not strengthening the squad adequately after domestic success and struggling the following year.
“Don’t worry, we are going to spend a lot of money next season as well — maybe £1billion or something,” Pep joked during his post-match news conference.
“It’s the same question with Chelsea four years ago, when they were not good the next season. Next season everyone starts with zero points. We need something.
“We need to touch something, the team. Maybe one. Maybe two. No more than that, for next year.”
Guardiola’s priorities have long been reported to be a defensive midfielder, with Napoli’s Jorginho at the top of his wanted list, and a world-class forward, with a host of names including Gareth Bale and Kylian Mbappé linked of late.
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