Pep Guardiola admits ‘transfers are difficult’ as Chelsea close in on Manchester City target Marc Cucurella

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Pep Guardiola has hinted Man City could sitll look for more signings  (Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)
Pep Guardiola has hinted Man City could sitll look for more signings (Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)

Pep Guardiola hinted Manchester City would still look for signings despite having all-but missed out on Marc Cucurella.

The Spanish international had emerged as a target for the Premier League champions, who saw a £40m bid rejected before walking away from what had become protracted talks with Brighton.

As a result, the 24-year-old is now expected to join Chelsea in a deal worth around £52.5m, only a year after he left Getafe for Brighton.

Having also allowed Oleksandr Zinchenko to join Arsenal. Guardiola is reasonably short of options at left-back, with only Joao Cancelo a regular senior player in that position.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s meeting with West Ham, Guardiola also mooted Nathan Ake as an alternative, with the Dutchman now staying in Manchester after a move to Chelsea was blocked earlier in the window.

“Joao [Cancelo] is there, Nathan [Ake] can be there. We’ll see, we still have until the end of the month,” said the City boss.

"There are a lot of players around the world. But transfers are difficult, selling is more difficult than buying. Sometimes it can be possible, other times it isn’t. We’ll see."

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