The Premier League champions have made a stuttering begin to their title defence and path leaders Liverpool by eight factors after eight matches.
Much of that has been down to City’s defensive issues which have been introduced on by the long-term harm sustained by Aymeric Laporte, which is about to maintain the Frenchman out till the New Year.
Injury to John Stones has solely compounded City’s defensive frailties and Fernandinho has been used as an emergency centre-back alongside the unfavoured Nicolas Otamendi in latest weeks.
Guardiola was curious about signing Harry Maguire final summer time following Vincent Kompany’s retirement however City refused to meet Leicester City’s £80m asking worth for the England worldwide.
The membership stay eager to strengthen in defence and Metro.co.uk understands ‘significant’ funds can be found for Guardiola to use within the January window.
City have been linked with a transfer for Benfica defender Ruben Dias however wouldn’t entertain the Portuguese membership’s £79m valuation of the centre-back.
Similarly, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly isn’t thought-about a viable possibility given City would have to break their switch report to signal the 28-year-old.
Guardiola has been impressed with Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu this season however the Foxes wouldn’t entertain bids in January and are notoriously troublesome to negotiate with.
Another drawback to contemplate is that City have reached the 17-man restrict on international gamers of their Premier League squad.
It means, ought to City need to signal a non-English participant this January, they’ll have to offload a non-homegrown participant so as to submit the brand new participant into their squad.
Rodri stuffed the spot left by Kompany however that merely restored City to their restrict and it partly explains Guardiola’s earlier curiosity in signing England worldwide Maguire.
Nevertheless, regardless of having obstacles to overcome, Guardiola is open to including to his squad and can transfer for a long-term goal ought to they grow to be accessible.