Pep Guardiola is certain to be a happy man right now. He was able to lead Manchester City to a record-breaking Premier League title, and the side is currently amongst the most feared ones in Europe.
Talks are already doing the round about his plans for next season, with it looking certain that in addition to defending their crown, the Sky Blues will also be looking to make a strong push at European glory.
His success in England has come largely by building a squad to be reckoned with. But it hasn’t come for cheap. Upwards of £600 million has been spent on the likes of Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, and John Stones.
Now the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has revealed his transfer plans for next season.
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Speaking to Sky Sports, Guardiola stated: “Yaya [Toure] is leaving so we have to replace him, and maybe another one. One or two more, no more. We cannot invest…maybe people don’t believe me but we don’t have the money to invest £300m every season.”
It appears that he is aware of the kind of big money names City have been linked with for the upcoming window. He went on to add about the area of investment:
“Maybe in front, but I don’t know. We have to think and talk more with [City director] Begiristain Txiki and the staff. It’s four competitions, we need new faces to compete with the guys from this season.”
Further, he is clearly aware that defending the League under present circumstances won’t be a cakewalk: “For no team to do it for a long time shows how difficult it is.
“The target is there but the other teams and contenders are trying too. The target is to win. It happened with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. I am curious how we are going to run without the bull. That is our main target.
“That would be a good signal if we are still a humble team with desire and show how we run back. Normally after winning you say ‘now I don’t run’; this is the moment you are not going to win.
“We will try to focus on that next season. If we don’t win back to back we will congratulate the champion like we did last season against Chelsea and improve.”
Will City be able to retain the title next season, or will a Chelsea-esque doom await even them?