Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, says Manchester City could not afford Leicester City defender, Harry Maguire, in this summer transfer window but he believes that the defender is a stalwart in defense and can help City rivals, Manchester United, mount a Premier League title challenge.
The 25-year-old England international, Maguire, is on the verge of completing a record-breaking deal worth £80million to the Old Trafford outfit from Leicester. The deal will make Maguire the most expensive defender, toppling Liverpool's previous record of £75 million in the acquisition of Dutchman, Virgil Van Dijk.
“Maguire is an excellent, top-class player,” said the City boss after beating Liverpool on penalties to lift the Community Shield.
“We were interested but we could not afford it. United afforded it. He’s an excellent player, he made an incredible World Cup (in 2018), he’s strong in the air, good with the ball in the build-up and he’s so fast.
“Congratulations to United for this signing," Pep Guardiola announced.
This announcement was made during the post-match conference of the Community Shield game. Manchester City have already kick-started the campaign with a trophy, winning Liverpool on penalties in this year’s Community Shield, after a 1-1 full-time scoreline, taking their total tally to 6 community shields. Still leading the park on most community shields is Manchester United with 21 shields and Arsenal further behind in second with 15 titles to their name.
Manchester United finished 32 points adrift of eventual Premier League Champions, Man City, last season, in what was regarded by many Manchester United supporters as a terrible season to forget.
However, Pep Guardiola expects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side to close the gap in the 2019/2020 campaign. He also tips the red devils to be one of “many, many contenders” this season.