Pep Guardiola has insisted that, in the January transfer window, Manchester City will not sign any new players.
City bounced back from a poor start to the season to re-emerge as contenders for Liverpool’s 2019-20 Premier League title, which was wrested away from them.
The Blues have won five straight games, including an impressive weekend 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, and are now sitting just two points behind Manchester United’s current leaders with a game in hand.
The Guardiola men are already through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, the final of the Carabao Cup, and the fourth round of the FA Cup, with an incredible quadruple still a possibility going into the second half of the season.
The city currently boasts the best defensive record in the top flight with just 13 goals scored in 17 games, with Ruben Dias’ summer arrival slotting perfectly into the starting XI after his big-money transfer from Benfica.
At the back, too, the likes of John Stones and Joao Cancelo were impressive, but City was not always at its best at the other end of the pitch.
In recent months, the fitness problems of Sergio Aguero have continued, leaving Guardiola with only Gabriel Jesus and 17-year-old Liam Delap to call on in a natural center-forward role.
Instead of playing with an orthodox striker, the Catalan frequently preferred to use Kevin de Bruyne or Raheem Sterling as “false nines” with mixed results, and it has been reported that a lack of firepower could end up costing his side at the end of the season.
However, as he told beIN Sports before a midweek meeting with Aston Villa, Guardiola is not preparing to add to his ranks this month: “During the winter transfer market, we will not sign any deal.”
“We haven’t discussed this, but we’re going to end the season with the players we’ve got now.”
They will turn their attention to a fourth-round FA Cup tie with Cheltenham on January 23, following City’s latest Premier League outing, which comes three days before they are due to take a trip to The Hawthorns to meet West Brom.