Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was in huge competition with neighboring manager Ole Solskjaer over Harry Maguire’s service during the summer transfer window as he desperately searched for a new center-back.
The former Barcelona manager had no option than to seek for a quality defender following Vincent Kompany’s return to Belgian club, Anderlecht after last season.
He picked up interest in the former Leicester City defender but he failed to bring the England international to the Etihad Stadium, no thanks to United’s swift desire to have him.
After series of discussions, the Red Devils eventually sealed a record-breaking deal with the Foxes for Maguire.
Meanwhile, the Spanish manager has revealed the major reason behind his inability to sign the defender or any center-back during the summer transfer window.
According to quote from ESPN, last season’s Premier League winner said that his employers were financially handicapped to sign new center-back having spent over £120m on new arrivals ( Rodri, Joao Cancelo and Angelino)
“We could not buy like the opponents. The club works incredibly well in all departments and sometimes we cannot afford it like other teams afford it and that is all, ”
“We pay a lot of money for a lot of players, that is why we have a depth of squad with huge quality but we cannot do, the club tell me, you have a limit, you cannot go forward.” Guardiola was quoted by ESPN.
Maguire has featured in all the Premier League matches played by United this season, winning the man-of-the-match award against Chelsea in their season opener.