Pep Guardiola has a steel rule, he does not sign players from two clubs


Pep Guardiola has a very “clear” transfer policy at Manchester City – and it includes not signing players from two clubs.

In the summer transfer window, Guardiola emphasized bringing younger players to the club – bringing in the likes of Josko Guardiol and Jeremy Doku.

Guardiola recently praised the work of director of football Txiki Begiristain for securing the £15m signing of Manuel Akanji.

But according to a new book about the Catalan, Guardiola had to tell his colleague that he would not be signing players from both of his former clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Journalist Marti Perarnau, a man close to Guardiola, is publishing a book titled, ‘God Save Pepi’, early next year.

It encompasses a whole new level of insight into Guardiola’s managerial methods and his loyalty to those he worked for.

He ruled out reuniting with Lionel Messi in 2020 while at Barca, while also refusing to “touch” the Bayern stars who were identified as transfer targets by the board.

“It was Messi who was offered to Manchester City in 2020. It was Leo who knocked on the door. Pep had his reserve. He is very clear not to touch Barca and not to touch Bayern”, Perarnau initially told AS .

“City had a list of Bayern players to sign and Pep told Txiki not to touch anyone. And there were many of them, almost all of them except the goalkeeper”, concluded the journalist.

However, there are some exceptions. Guardiola signed Thiago Alcantara from Barca when he was at Bayern, and also made Claudio Bravo one of his first City signings from the Blaugrana.

The five-time Premier League winners have also been more than happy to let players move to clubs with Eric Garcia, Ferran Torres, Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo all signing for Barca.