Last updated on September 29, 2019
Manchester City will have to loosen their purse strings and signal players from the January transfer window when they are to compete for titles that year, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has said.
Manager Pep Guardiola was left with depleted alternatives in defense following Vincent Kompany transferred to Anderlecht while Aymeric Laporte and John Stones have been hurt, forcing the Spaniard to start defensive midfielder Fernandinho along with Nicolas Otamendi in the back.
Guardiola had stated ahead of the match that City couldn’t manage reinforcements in January, despite spending less than competitions from the summer.
“You’ve got to believe that City will invest in January,” Neville told Sky Sports. “I watched that this morning that Guardiola stated they did not have any cash. Well, they have got over everyone else.
“They purchased Aymeric Laporte in January a year and a half before, and I believe they’re going to get to do exactly the same again.
Guardiola will understand it – he understands the standard greater than anyone.”
Guardiola had vowed to stay with kids Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Eric Garcia – both of whom began and helped maintain a clean sheet in City’s third-round success over Preston at the League Cup.
“They have set limitations, and maybe it is not so much that the cost, but the salary which will be required to draw the perfect sort of participant, which will be creating the Manchester City hierarchy nervous and keep inside a construction,” Neville explained.
“However, with Vincent Kompany moving, it leaves a massive void, not only on the pitch but it off. There are not too many players around, and he is hard to replace.”
City are now second in the Premier League, monitoring Liverpool by five factors.