Pep Guardiola advised Man City on Kevin De Bruyne signing
Incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has already had input on at least one of the club’s transfers, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
The report claims director of football Txiki Begiristain sought out Guardiola’s opinion before pressing ahead with the £55m deal to sign the Belgium international last summer.
It is unclear whether he had been earmarked as a transfer target by Guardiola, whether Guardiola was being consulted to see whether De Bruyne was a player he would be happy to work with in the future because City already knew he would be joining them, or whether he was simply asked for his opinion on a casual basis by his former Barca colleague Begiristain given that the Bayern Munich boss had seen him in action for Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg.
Official confirmation that Guardiola would become City’s new boss only came at the start of February.
De Bruyne, aged 24, had a successful start to his career at the Etihad Stadium but is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury.