Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City could not afford to buy another striker in the summer transfer window.
The City boss revealed he wanted to bring in another forward of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus’ calibre but conceded that the club would need to break the bank to do so.
Lionel Messi was linked with a sensational summer move to the Etihad after the Barcelona talisman declared his intention to quit the club.
Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City could not afford a new striker this summer
However, a reunion with Guardiola fell through which has now left the Spaniard with no other options.
Now with Aguero and Jesus both facing spells on the sidelines with muscle injuries, Guardiola has revealed how he wanted to strengthen at striker but didn’t have the funds to do so.
‘We considered it, we thought about another but we could not,’ Guardiola said.
‘I think the club do what they can, it’s not a club that wants revenues at the end of the year – it’s what they want and what’s best for the team.
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‘If you decide to buy a striker, it has to be a striker in the league of Gabriel and Sergio but we cannot afford it. That is the reality.
‘I’m not saying the club didn’t want to do it – they wanted to make as strong a team as possible. But we thought: “OK, Sergio is back.” We didn’t expect Gabriel to be injured, sometimes it happens.’
Ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday, Guardiola and Co arrived in Marseille with no striker, with teenager Liam Delap ineligible to play in the competition.
Guardiola went on to reveal that Aguero could be out for a month after he picked up a muscle strain during Saturday’s draw with West Ham.
‘With Sergio’s injury, 10-15 days is the minimum,’ Guardiola added. ‘If it’s a little bit longer it will be three weeks, one month. The muscular ones normally do not move [beyond] these [parameters]. Sergio will be the same, there will be no exception.’
Sergio Aguero picked up a muscle injury against West Ham and could be out for a month
Gabriel Jesus is still sidelined and Liam Delap remains ineligible for the Champions League
He insisted that Aguero was not rushed back last week, with the forward breaking down midway through his third consecutive start at the London Stadium following four months out with a meniscus problem.
‘We were incredibly patient,’ the Catalan said. ‘We didn’t force him. Unfortunately he was unlucky in one action.
‘Everyone got the statistics than in the Premier League, we have 47 per cent more muscular injuries than the same period last season. It’s not just about City.
‘In just a few months arrive in November, December, January and I guess it will be the same. The strongest ones will survive, the others will fall down.’