Manchester City will not be signing any players in the January transfer window, despite seeing their squad depleted by injuries and suspensions.
Following the arrival of Brazilian ‘wonderkid’ Gabriel Jesus, the Citizens’ director of football, Txiki Begiristain, says the club will not be dipping into the mid-season transfer market.
"We already have done. We have Jesus coming – he will strengthen our attack, so we are happy," he told the Manchester Evening News.
The news comes as somewhat of a surprise as City's new-look defence, containing John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov, has been found wanting in recent weeks.
The experienced trio of Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna have looked shadows of their former selves, while Stones and Kolarov have been susceptible to a few high-profile errors – the most recent of which came in their 4-2 humbling by Leicester City on Saturday evening.
The long-term absence of captain Vincent Kompany has been a real worry for the club and, with only three wins from their last ten Premier League games, there have been calls from fans to invest in a world-class defender.
After conceding eight goals in their last three games and Kompany only featuring in 115 minutes of Premier League football this season, it will no doubt be a real headache for Guardiola if Stones or Otamendi suffer long-term injuries.