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Pep Guardiola has a 'block' on signing players from two clubs

Josh Lawless

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Pep Guardiola has a 'block' on signing players from two clubs

Pep Guardiola has a very "clear" transfer policy at Manchester City - and includes not signing players from two clubs.

In the summer transfer window, Guardiola placed emphasis on bringing in younger players to the club - drafting in the likes of Josko Gvardiol and Jeremy Doku as notable signings.

Recently Guardiola praised the work of director of football Txiki Begiristain for securing the £15 million signing of Manuel Akanji.

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But according to a new book on the Catalan, Guardiola had to tell his long-time colleague that he would not be signing players from both of his former clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Journalist Marti Perarnau, a man given close access to Guardiola, is releasing a book titled, 'God Save Pep’, at the start of next year.

It includes a whole new level of insight into Guardiola's managerial methods and his loyalty to those he worked for.

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He passed on the chance to reunite with Lionel Messi in 2020 when at Barca, while also refusing to "touch" Bayern stars who were identified as transfer targets by the board.

“It was (Lionel) Messi who offered himself (to Manchester City in 2020),” Perarnau told AS, as per Sport Witness.

“The one who knocked on the door was Leo. Pep (Guardiola) had his reticence. He is very clear not to touch Barça and not to touch Bayern.

“City had a list of Bayern players to sign, and Pep told Txiki (Begiristain, Sporting Director) not to touch anyone. And there was a lot of them, almost all of them except for the goalkeeper.”

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There are a couple of exceptions, however. Guardiola did sign Thiago Alcantara from Barca when at Bayern, and also made Claudio Bravo one of his first signings at City from the Blaugrana.

The five-time Premier League winner has also been more than happy to allow players to move to the clubs with Eric Garcia, Ferran Torres, Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo all signing for Barca.

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Topics: Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Premier League, Bayern Munich, Barcelona

Josh Lawless
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