Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City are in the market for a new centre-back.
The Premier League champions are hoping to find a replacement for Vincent Kompany, who left the club after last season’s treble success.
But although City have been linked heavily with a big-money move for Leicester’s Harry Maguire, Guardiola insists it is not vital a signing is made.
“We will see,” the Spaniard said. “We are looking for some names but at the same time we have three centre-backs who can play there and we have two young players in the second team who can help us.
“We shall see if the market is possible and the club believes we can spend that money, but if they don’t, we shan’t spend it.”
Guardiola, who was speaking during City’s pre-season trip to China, was not willing to discuss whether Maguire was a target.
He said: “He is a Leicester player. I know some people like Bayern Munich like to talk a lot about Leroy (Sane), but usually I never speak about players at other clubs. What is going to happen, is going to happen.”
Winger Sane continues to be linked with a return to Germany with Bayern and Guardiola, asked about the situation a number of times in China this week, maintains he wants to keep the player.
He said: “Hopefully he can stay this season and another one and another one. That’s why we offered him a new contract more than one year ago. He has special qualities.
“But it is his decision. We are giving everything but, in the end, if he doesn’t want, what can you do? Nothing.”