Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Summer transfer window sees drop in spending for first time since 2010

Summer transfer window sees drop in spending for first time since 2010

But he was quick to point out his United side were closest to runaway leaders Manchester City last season, even if they finished 19 points adrift.

Jerome Boateng was another option but Bayern Munich have not been keen to sanction a loan move.

When asked if he was happy for City to be favourites, he said: "Since nine years I live with that situation, it's no problem". Valencia - he was injured in pre-season.

Regarding the challenge of winning back-to-back titles, Guardiola added: "That is not the target, the target is tomorrow, then Huddersfield [on August 19] - in April, May we will see how is our level".

"I focus on just what we have, and we go with everything we have to the first match".

But Pep Guardiola has warned his players that maintaining last season's standards won't be enough to assure a repeat of last season's triumph.

"If we are happy with our squad and can not improve our squad, sometimes it's better to keep our squad together".

"When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is hard to believe that we finished second, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners".

"Another point, we don't have more money to spend - that is the truth".

As the season progresses the significance of each game will become more important, but other factors such as styles, potential individual battles and entertainment value will be considered.

"Of course it's hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said in his press conference earlier today, as per The Mirror.

According to the Times, however, Federation Internationale de Football Association are "planning to introduce a standardised global transfer window", closing for each league the day before their season begins. "They spend like we did last season [City paid €40m for Ederson]".

"Raheem and Kevin arrived in a flawless way", added the City boss.

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