PEP GUARDIOLA is set to land a brand new centre-back subsequent month – with Virgil van Dijk and Jonny Evans nonetheless excessive on his procuring record.
Nonetheless, the runaway leaders is not going to be held to ransom by their Premier League rivals.
Metropolis have been eager on Southampton’s Van Dijk in the summertime – however felt the £70 million asking worth was means too excessive.
The Dutchman indicated he favoured a change to Liverpool anyway – just for that to fall by means of days later.
Guardiola stays eager on VVD – however provided that Saints are keen to decrease the worth significantly.
And so they may additionally should struggle off competitors from Liverpool once more in the event that they do lodge a agency bid.
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Metropolis switched their consideration to West Brom’s Evans in August and made an £18 million provide.
That was rejected by the Baggies, who valued the Northern Eire worldwide at nearer to £30 million on the time.
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Nonetheless the 28-year-old former United man is believed to be eager on a return to Manchester and wages which might rise from £80k-a-week to £130k-a-week for a four-year deal.
Alan Pardew is tempted to money in to fund new arrivals within the Baggies relegation struggle however Metropolis will refuse to pay over the chances for a participant who would haven’t any resale worth.
Guardiola has had Actual Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, 26, watched for many of this season – and he may come into the reckoning.
He’s believed to have a £29 million launch clause in his contract – and may fill in at left-back which might be necessary with Benjamin Mendy out till April on the earliest.
Guardiola has determined to maneuver for a brand new centre-back after Vincent Kompany suffered one more setback at Outdated Trafford on Sunday.
John Stones can be sidelined with a hamstring downside – though he hopes to get the inexperienced mild to step up his return subsequent week.
The England defender has been sidelined for the reason that win at Leciester in mid-November.
Nonetheless the damage has settled down and the plan is for him to begin mild coaching earlier than Christmas.
Guardiola will hope to have Stones again for what might be a busy January – if Metropolis make it by means of to the Carabao Cup semi-finals.