Guardiola admits to transfer fears

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola accepts that his club face ever greater competition to try and secure the services of top-class new signings.

The Citizens have built their recent successes on being able to recruit the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, but Guardiola is aware that the financial advantage which may have been in play in the past is not so evident now.

He told reporters: "Before, the rumours were that it was just PSG and Manchester City. That is over – everybody can pay a lot in fees and wages.

"The reality is that it's not just one or two teams paying a lot on wages. There are many, many, many.

"There are many (clubs) and sometimes we can't compete with that. We have to be quicker, faster and don't get nervous. At the end, we want players who want to come here.

"It's difficult to buy top, top players at a good price, it's almost impossible. Maybe we have to trust in the young players and help them develop their own personality here.

"I think we try to keep the harmony in the locker room with the wages. When you have no balance with that, then there is always a problem with the mood in the locker room.

"One of the good things that City have done is keeping that balance."

The Citizens are available at 6/5 to retain their Premier League title this season, while they are 7/2 to win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

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