Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has congratulated cross-city rivals Manchester United on the imminent signing of Harry Maguire, and conceded that his own club “could not afford” the Leicester defender.
Speaking to the media following his side’s penalty shootout win over Liverpool in the Community Shield on Sunday, Guardiola admitted he was keen to take the England man to Etihad Stadium this summer.
The stumbling block, however, was a transfer fee of £80 million ($97.2m) – a figure that is set to make the 26-year-old the world’s most expensive defender once his move to Old Trafford is confirmed.
“Harry Maguire is a top class central defender,” said Pep Guardiola after a 1-1 draw and subsequent penalty shootout victory against the Reds at Wembley.
“We were interested but we could not afford it. Manchester United could afford it. Congratulations to them.”