Guardiola wants new defender in January

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he wants to sign a new central defender in the January transfer window.

Despite Manchester City’s record-breaking 15 consecutive Premier League wins, boss Guardiola is still looking to improve his options in the mid-season window.

Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala, John Stones and Vincent Kompany are City’s current options in central defence, yet the latter two have struggled with injuries so far this season.

Amidst speculation that Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk and West Brom’s Jonny Evans are still on City’s radar, Guardiola has admitted that defence is the area that he is looking to strengthen.

“We just speak about [January transfer signings] with the club and Txiki [Begiristain, City director of football] because in the central defender position we don’t have many players, especially in this situation,” said Guardiola.

“Vincent is always injured, he fights a lot to be ready but sometimes he is not able to be fit consistently and we have just three central defenders in that moment for competition.

“Maybe we need one more guy in that position, we are talking about that but of course in winter time it is so complicated.

“We don’t want to sign someone for three or four months, we want to sign them for years and makes sure they are the right guy, if this doesn’t happen we are not going into the market.”