Guardiola hints at more Man City business

first_imgPep Guardiola has hinted that Manchester City could dip back into the transfer market, but is not expecting much movement before the summer deadline.As things stand, the reigning Premier League champions have taken in a relatively quiet window.They have been linked with a number of big-money deals, but have only pushed through a club-record one for Spain international midfielder Rodri and a return to England for Angelino. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? As domestic treble winners in 2018-19, the Blues have no need to oversee a squad refresh and, with that in mind, Guardiola has suggested that only minor tweaks will be made from this point, if any are made at all.Asked for an update on his recruitment plans and whether he expects to get more bodies in, the Catalan coach told reporters: “No, not many. I like the faces that we have.“Maybe but the transfer market is so difficult and the team is good enough. Maybe zero, maybe one, maybe one and a half.”One of those to have been linked with a switch to City is veteran full-back Dani Alves.Guardiola has previously worked with the Brazilian at Barcelona and came close to luring him to England in the summer of 2017, before the 36-year-old headed to Paris Saint-Germain.Alves is now a free agent again after leaving the French champions, but City have no plans to make an approach as they already have “two incredible full-backs”.Pep Guardiola Vincent Kompany Manchester CityWith Guardiola seeing no need to bolster his ranks on the edges of his defensive unit, it could be that efforts are made to strengthen the heart of the back four.Vincent Kompany has departed the Etihad Stadium, with City bidding farewell to a talismanic skipper.They were expected to bring in cover, but Guardiola is in no rush despite having been heavily linked with Leicester centre-half Harry Maguire.He added: “If we believe we can, if not we will survive without a new central defender.”It could be that there is more movement out of City over the coming days than there is coming in.Bayern Munich remain keen on taking Germany international winger Leroy Sane back to his homeland.They have made no secret of that fact, but Guardiola does not have an issue with his former club talking up interest in a player on his books.He said: “I love Bayern Munich. I appreciate them a lot, they gave me an incredible opportunity to work in Germany. “Football is what it is. Sometimes I say things the opposite side don’t like.”last_img read more

UN ramping up aid efforts amid deepening Libyan crisis

According to the Libya country team of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 331,000 people are in need of assistance, including an estimated 287,000 people who are internally displaced within and around the capital, Tripoli, as well as Benghazi. In addition, another 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries amid the continuing violence between rival armed factions in the country. In a press statement released today, OCHA said the main humanitarian priorities outlined in its new appeal are health and food assistance, provision of non-food items and hygiene kits, and mine action activities which would target the internally displaced, migrants, refugees, other vulnerable groups and affected host communities. “Whilst the conflict has obliged the vast majority of the international community present in Libya, including the United Nations, to temporarily withdraw from the country, access is being sought through national and international partners who have presence in the country and through UN agency national staff,” the statement said. It added that humanitarian needs assessments were ongoing “in order to take into account the fluid security situation in the country and identify and target the most vulnerable affected populations and guide the humanitarian response.” Civilian casualties, injuries and large-scale displacement continue to increase in Libya as a result of recent clashes in Tripoli and several other areas of the country. The North African nation has been embroiled in some of the worst fighting since the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and set the country on a transition to democracy. read more