Pep Guardiola’s comment on Barcelona transfer interest for Man City stars is revealing – Simon Bajkowski

ByRichard C. Sloan

Nov 9, 2021


Heard of Barcelona splurging on the transfer market? No, I do not think so.

The Catalan club were so broke in the summer that they had to let their best player go free of charge and had to wait months to register Sergio Aguero because he didn’t have the money; Aguero was one of two Manchester City players they signed with Eric Garcia – both on free transfers – despite months of showing interest in several others, launching the idea of ​​partial trades when was clear that they would actually need the money to buy them.

Despite all the stimulus efforts of the new regime, Barcelona are still in a financial hole. They can beat anyone’s eyelashes at the Etihad, but that doesn’t mean they have the resources to buy anyone from one of the most valuable teams in world football.

Very little then should be done of Pep Guardiola, a son of the club, telling local reporters there this week that “if Barcelona are interested in any of our players, I’m confident they can get them. Barça continues to be an attractive club, more than attractive. ”

It didn’t work in the summer and it won’t work in January because the world revolves around money rather than romance. He’s also, let’s not forget, the man who said how good United were ahead of Saturday’s shift at Old Trafford.

A much more revealing quote from the manager came when asked if he would sell any of his City players to Barcelona and said: “Honestly, I have no idea. I don’t know anything. than I would tell you anyway. ”Guardiola hardly ever gives anything when it comes to transfer news and these latest comments are no exception.

The Etihad elephant is of course Raheem Sterling.

Sterling isn’t happy when he doesn’t start games and Guardiola has rarely looked to him for eight months and it matters, having previously considered him one of the first names on every squad sheet. The ambitious 26-year-old would like to stay at the club but has confirmed he will be open to a start for more playing time; he also previously spoke about the appeal of playing in a foreign country for the lifestyle (and the weather) it would bring.

A January move, temporary or otherwise, cannot be ruled out on this basis, as the player can only be more unhappy if they continue to be neglected. However, as was the case with Bernardo Silva and others in the summer transfer window, Guardiola has made it clear that if a player is to leave, he will have to bring an acceptable proposal from another club to the negotiating table. – and it’s currently very difficult to see how Barcelona could put one together.

The City manager will always have a soft spot for his childhood club, but his employers have far less room for sentiment in their business.