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Chairman reveals summer transfer plans

Khaldoon Al Mubarak says Manchester City’s transfer business is not complete, with the Club aiming to make further signings before the start of the 2022/23 season.

The Premier League champions have already agreed a deal in principle with Borussia Dortmund for Erling Haaland, whilst Argentine striker Julian Alvarez will join up with Pep Guardiola’s squad following the end of his loan spell at River Plate.

Their arrivals will give Guardiola increased options in attack, but the Chairman admitted the Club remain keen to strengthen elsewhere, suggesting more players could be brought in ahead of the new campaign.

“I can confirm that there will be more players coming in,” he said.

“We are looking to strengthen the team in the areas that we need strengthening. As you know, every season some players leave, and then we have to continuously refresh the team.

“Again, we will always look at improving and strengthening. I think we’ve made two very important additions already, but I anticipate we’ll be doing a couple more.

“We’ll try to go as fast as we can, but you know how the market goes. It’s not always entirely in our control.”

City, however, will not make signings merely to bolster the size of the squad. 

Our fourth title in five seasons was won with a group of 20 senior players who were supported by a talented crop of youngsters from the Academy, of whom no fewer than eight made their debut last season.

It is a relatively small squad for a team fighting for success on four fronts and, whilst we are in the market for new players, the Chairman confirmed City will only move for those we believe can improve Guardiola’s championship-winning side.

“With Pep and with this team it’s not just about filling a position,” he added.

“We have reached a level of quality, a standard in which we cannot and will not compromise on quality.

“If we find the right player for that particular position, we will get that player and if not, Pep has shown us he will find solutions within the quality of the group we have and within the quality of the academy.

“We’re in a different position to the one we were in many years ago. We have so much talent available within the squad and the academy that when we need something, it’s very specific and it's very deliberate.

“If we’re able to bring that particular player, great, and if not, it doesn’t mean anybody can fill it. We are in a different paradigm from that perspective.”