According to a report from Manchester Evening News, the La Liga club successfully attracted two players from Manchester City to join them at the Nou Camp, but they are reportedly dissatisfied with Pep Guardiola’s transfer business. It was stated that Barcelona officials are ‘deeply disappointed’ with Man City following a summer in which the Sky Blues attempted to acquire three of their promising young talents but refrained from doing so.
What Players Were Manchester City Interested In?
Although several of Man City’s players were linked with Barcelona over the summer including Bernardo Silva, only two made the move from the Etihad to the Nou Camp. Ilkay Gundogan became a Blaugrana player on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract, while Joao Cancelo arrived on a season-long loan deal just before the transfer deadline. Silva on the other hand renewed his contract with the Etihad club proving his allegiance to Guardiola’s side once again.
Nevertheless, according to reports, Barcelona President Joan Laporta is one of several individuals within the club who are displeased with Manchester City’s reported pursuit of three young talents: Lamine Yamal, Alejandro Balde, and Pau Cubarsi. The former two have established themselves as a key part of Xavi’s squad and the latter has shown immense potential alongside them.
Should Guardiola Have Moved In For The Youngsters?
Guardiola has always been very shrewd in handling the transfer business, but this summer brought forth a huge change in his approach. The Spanish tactician made some bold moves in acquiring Josko Gvardiol, Matheus Nunes and Jeremy Doku. While Mateo Kavocic’s arrival was well within Guardiola’s plans, the huge sum spent on Gvardiol, Nunes and Doku reckons that the Man City boss did not want to tread lightly.
However, moving in for the youngsters was uncalled for, as City already boast a great squad on paper. They already have enough depth within the squad and Guardiola remains confident on his squad’s ability to defend their titles this season. Even if the Sky blues brought them to the Etihad, the young talents would have either been loaned out or provided cover as a sporadic member at the very best. Hence, it is of no concern for the Etihad club to ponder on such matters even if Barcelona remains unhappy with their transfer business.