Pep Guardiola says Manchester City could sign one ‘special’ player

Manchester City could make one more signing before the end of the transfer window, but only if it is a “special player”, says manager Pep Guardiola.

With just six days remaining of the transfer window Guardiola has only added Riyad Mahrez to his Premier League title winning squad – for a club-record £65m from Leicester.

Guardiola had been keen on acquiring a midfielder, narrowly missing out on Jorginho, who opted to reunite with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss insists he will not add another player for the sake of it.

“We will see, if we decided to bring another one it’s because it is a special player,” said Guardiola.

“It can be a special player for the future not to have one more player for the number.

“All the time I’ve been here, even the first season, I have been satisfied with the squad we have and last season again and this season as well.

“Monday we will all be together, to start thinking about what we need to do to maintain the level of last season.”

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City had been in pole position to sign Jorginho and were close to agreeing a £46.5m deal for the holding midfielder before he sealed his £57m switch to Stamford Bridge.

“So… yes, we were close. But in the end Jorginho decided [to join Chelsea],” added Guardiola.

“We thought [a deal for Jorginho] was done, but at the last turn he decided to go to Chelsea. Similar to Alexis, he decided to go to United.

“I want a player who likes to come to Manchester City and he doesn’t like to come, so maybe he was a little bit late to announce that.

“But, when he decided not to come, then don’t come, good luck at Chelsea and I think English football is going to discover an exceptional holding midfielder.”

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