Man City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that his side could not afford to sign Manchester United bound Harry Maguire who is set to join city rivals Manchester United in a deal worth £80 million.
The Citizens were linked with a move for Maguire last season, and Guardiola has now stated that his eventual addition to the Man United squad will make them contenders for the Premier League title.
“We were interested in him, but we could not afford it and United could afford it.
“Maguire is an excellent, top-class player, a top-class central defender. He has all the qualities to work for United. They are contenders, with the players they bought like Maguire.
“I don’t care if people say we are going to win titles, and I don’t know if it’ll be like last season with two real contenders.”
Guardiola made this known in a press conference shortly after his sides 5:4 penalty shootout win against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield on Sunday after drawing 1 all at fulltime.
The £80 million move to Old Trafford will make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in football, surpassing that of Virgil Van Dijk when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million in January 2018.
Man United will be looking to complete the deal for Maguire quickly so that he can play a part when they start their 2019/20 Premier League campaign against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Old Trafford.