Pep Guardiola admitted why he abstained from signing Harry Maguire

Pep Guardiola has congratulated Manchester United for signing Harry Maguire and stated that his side were interested but could not afford the centre-back.

The England international completed his move to Old Trafford last week after the Red Devils agreed an £80 million transfer fee with Leicester City.

The deal will take Manchester United’s summer spending to around £150 million as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team also signed Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in summer.

Manchester City, meanwhile, were exploring a deal for the Englishman but were put off by the £80 million valuation.

When asked about Manchester United’s move for Harry Maguire after Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield on Sunday, Pep Guardiola said: ‘Top class player. We were interested, but we could not afford it. United could afford it. Congratulations to United on this signing.’

The defending Premier League champions completed swap deal for Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo.

Manchester City paid money and also send Danilo as the former Barcelona manager wanted to get rid of the Brazilian full-back to add more competition and cover for Kyle Walker, who had an assist in the match against West Ham.

The signing of Joao Cancelo is be a great move for the Citizens, but it remains to be seen if the signing works out for them with Kyle Walker not giving any reason to Pep Guardiola to drop him out of the rotation.

Meanwhile it looks liked Bayern Munich are reconsidering launching a second bid for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane after the winger was injured in the match against Liverpool.