Guardiola rules out January signings for Man City

Andy Hampson 24/11/2018
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Pep Guardiola insists champions Manchester City will not be adding to their squad in the January transfer window.

That rules out the prospect of City moving for another defensive midfielder after losing out on Jorginho to Chelsea last summer.

City boss Guardiola also claims thinking will not be altered by Benjamin Mendy’s latest injury.

Mendy, who has no natural replacement at left-back and missed the majority of last season after right knee surgery, could be out until mid-February following an operation on his left knee.

Guardiola said: “No. In January – no window. We are not going to spend anything. I am so happy with the squad, people are coming back, so no.”

A January without signings would leave last summer’s £60million record buy Riyad Mahrez as the only addition to the City squad since they won the Premier League title last season.

City did invest £57million in defender Aymeric Laporte last January but Guardiola prefers not to do business during the winter window.

He said: “It’s much much, much better (not to buy in January). When we created the squad at the beginning of the season it was to not go to the January (window) except (if) we have problems.

“But I have a deep squad and a lot of players cannot play when I trust them a lot. They believe I don’t like them but that is not true! I trust a lot in all the players, all of them and it’s a joy to be with them.

“When there are some injuries another one is going to play and, if not, you have a few players in the Academy that maybe are going to help us in a few moments or few minutes. We are not going to go to January in the market, no way.”

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Rafinha Alcantara

Rafinha Alcantara was close to joining Real Betis over the summer but negotiations broke down and the Brazilian was forced to stay at Barcelona.

Rumours about the midfielder’s exit in the January transfer window are circulating in the Spanish media and Real Betis boss Quique Setien has not ruled out the possibility of signing the 25-year-old.

“I always like great footballers,” Setien replied when asked if Betis will sign Rafinha.

“I don’t think about that, as I have a year and a half left on my contract here,” he said.

“I am happy and everything else, such as what happened in the summer with the national team links, are things that I can’t control.”

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David Cooper 24/11/2018
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The winter transfer window is a little over a month away, but that hasn’t stopped the rumours of various players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in January.

ADRIEN RABIOT

The Frenchman is set to meet with PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi one final time in an effort to work out a deal, according to Sport.

Rabiot is out of contract at the end of the season, with Barcelona and Juventus seen as potential destinations if the 23-year-old does not sign a fresh deal at Parc des Princes.

The Ligue 1 champions are expected to offer a significant contract to their star midfielder, who has played 219 matches since joining the club in 2010.

PACO ALCACER

Borussia Dortmund have signed the Spanish striker in a £22.7m deal from Barcelona after activating an option in his loan deal, according to Bild.

The Bundesliga leaders signed the 25-year-old on a season-long loan in August, with an option to purchase.

Following nine goals in just eight matches, the German side have decided to lock Alcacer down on a long-term deal until 2023.

His form for Dortmund also earned him to recall to the national team after a two year absence, and he has netted three goals in two matches since his La Roja return.

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