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Pep Guardiola reiterates Manchester City transfer stance following Bournemouth victory

Harry Winters

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Pep Guardiola reiterates Manchester City transfer stance following Bournemouth victory

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Manchester City are not expected to complete anymore business this summer, according to manager Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola handed home debuts to two of his four summer recruits on Saturday afternoon, with a fifth signing of the window imminent.

The Sky Blues, who were playing at the Etihad Stadium for the first time this season, comfortably beat newly promoted Bournemouth in sweltering temperatures.

Manchester City vs Bournemouth
Manchester City vs Bournemouth

Erling Haaland was unable to mark his first appearance at home with a goal, after scoring twice against West Ham at the London Stadium last weekend.

However, the Norwegian played a key role in the Blues' opener, as the 22 year-old assisted Ilkay Gundogan.

Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne would also score in the opening 45 minutes, while a late own goal would seal an impressive 4-0 victory.

Guardiola introduced fellow summer signing Julian Alvarez, although Kalvin Phillips, who completed a £42 million move from Leeds, missed the win through injury.

RSC Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez was also in attendance at the home of the Premier League Champions, with the 21 year-old set to complete a transfer to Manchester City imminently.

The Spanish full-back was directly involved in 22 goals for Vincent Kompany's side last season, and is on course to join the Sky Blues in a deal worth up to £16.9 million.

ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM: Sergio Gomez of Anderlecht during the Jupiler Pro League match between Royal Antwerp FC and Anderlecht at Bosuilstadion on November 7, 2021. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Orange Pictures)
ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM: Sergio Gomez of Anderlecht during the Jupiler Pro League match between Royal Antwerp FC and Anderlecht at Bosuilstadion on November 7, 2021. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Orange Pictures)

On Friday, Guardiola suggested that Gomez's arrival from Brussels would likely bring an end to the Blues' business in the transfer window, a stance reiterated by the Catalan following Saturday's win over the Cherries.

"No, I don't think so," replied the City boss to questions over whether City would make any further signings this summer.

The transfer window closes on September 1st, with question marks remaining over the future of Bernardo Silva.

The Portuguese midfielder remains a target for Barcelona, and after starting on the bench for a second successive game on Saturday, it remains to be seen where the 28 year-old will spend the 2022/23 campaign.

Speaking in an interview about his future last week, Bernardo said: “Man City is a big club and they don't want players who are not happy. They always say to us that if you're not happy, you can go. Of course, they are in business and they want the right money for us but personally it's a relationship that is very respectful.

“They’ve always been honest with me and I’ve always been honest with them. I will always respect my relationship with Man City, the fans, staff, my teammates so whatever happens, happens and it for sure will happen in a very respectful way."

Bernardo Silva is open to a move to Barcelona (Action Plus Sports Images / Alamy)
Bernardo Silva is open to a move to Barcelona (Action Plus Sports Images / Alamy)

It is widely expected that should the 28 year-old leave than the Champions would bring in a replacement.

Lucas Paqueta and Matheus Nunes have both been mooted.

Topics: Manchester City, Manchester City Transfer News & Rumours, Pep Guardiola, Bernardo Silva

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