Financial concerns may limit Man City transfers, Pep Guardiola lists 3 replacements for Leroy Sane & team news vs Burnley

Financial concerns may limit Man City transfers

You know it’s bad when Man City are feeling the financial pinch…

On Sunday, Pep Guardiola faced the press ahead of Man City versus Burnley in the Premier League on Monday.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, there have been plenty of warnings that the financial scene in football is about to change.

KPMG, the global accountancy firm, have estimated that up to €10 billion will be wiped off the value of European football players due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That unprecedented financial downturn is set to impact Man City, despite the fact that they are funded by the UAE.

Speaking before Burnley (watch the full press conference below), Guardiola commented:

I don’t know, after the coronavirus, if the situation economically and financially for the clubs is changing.

I don’t know what the situation is. We’re going to see at the end of this season.

The places I was, Barcelona, Bayern and here: when the club say we cannot afford it, we cannot afford it. But I don’t know, it depends on the people who stay.

Pep Guardiola

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City celebrates victory after the FA Cup Final match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium on May 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Man City via Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola lists 3 replacements for Leroy Sane

The never-ending Leroy Sane transfer saga rumbles on…

Guardiola indicated in his presser than Man City may end up retaining Sane next season.

Were that to happen, the German international winger could leave Man City as a free agent in 2021.

Bayern Munich has long been listed as Sane’s next port of call.

Returning to the present, Guardiola has confirmed the if Sane leaves this summer, Man City have three ready-made replacements for that left-wing slot:

First, Leroy is our player. I don’t know if he is going to leave this summer or at the end of his contract but we have enough good players up front.

Gabriel [Jesus] can play on the left, Phil Foden can play on the left, we have Raheem [Sterling] there. We have big, talented players up front. Most of them are in good, healthy condition.

John Stones

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: John Stones of Manchester City during the FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Port Vale at Etihad Stadium on January 4, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Man City plan to shake up their defence this summer

In the Times on Monday, reporters Paul Hirst and Paul Joyce consider how Man City’s squad may evolve this off-season.

It’s believed that Guardiola is keen to shake up his backline options once again. Readers are told:

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Guardiola had intended to buy two centre backs this summer.

He is running out of patience with John Stones, who is out of tonight’s game against Burnley due to an ankle problem, while Nicolás Otamendi and Fernandinho have 12 months left on their contracts.

Pau Torres, the Villarreal centre back, and Rúben Dias, the Benfica defender, have both been scouted by the club.


Man City team news vs Burnley

Aside from the injured Stones, centre-half Eric Garcia is also set to miss the Burnley game after he was wiped out by Ederson against Arsenal last Wednesday night.

Sub goalie Claudio Bravo is the only other absentee for City.

Meanwhile, Burnley will continue to be without striker Ashley Barnes. Sean Dyche also has injury concerns over Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf), Chris Wood (shin) and Matt Lowton (knee).

Burnley have also confirmed that Joe Hart will leave the club at the end of the month, along with winger Aaron Lennon.


Watch Pep Guardiola’s press conference before Burnley


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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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