Ever since they became one of the English Premier League’s top clubs, money has never been an issue for Manchester City, especially during the Pep Guardiola era.
However, the Catalan boss claims they couldn’t afford to spend £80m on Leicester City’s Harry Maguire despite admitting to being interested in signing him.
Hence, Pep had no choice but to congratulate their neighbors and rivals, Manchester United, for completing the signing of the 26-year-old.
“Harry Maguire is a top-class central defender. We were interested but we could not afford it. Man United could afford it. Congratulations to them,” Guardiola claimed following his team’s victory in the Community Shield vs. Liverpool, as reported by The Independent.
Maguire had a breakout year with the Foxes and even earned the honor of being called to play for England’s national team and he was considered as one of the world’s best center-backs.
That’s why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked really hyped about him joining the Red Devils going forward and even claimed he could make his debut with Manchester United when they face Chelsea for the Premier League opener:
“Hopefully the last little details will be in place and hopefully we can announce something soon. Let’s get the last details over the line but yeah, he’s played a few games over the summer so we’ll have to assess him if and when,” Solskjaer told the media following United’s win vs. AC Milan, according to Eurosport.
Manchester United were bound to find a replacement for Eric Bailly after he suffered yet another injury and they now feature a deadly tandem with Maguire and Victor Lindelof, but they’re not done improving their squad yet.
Romelu Lukaku is poised to make a move to the Italian Serie A, which would open the door for United to sign Paulo Dybala, and they could also try and pursue Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, according to reports.