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Manchester City 'refusing to pay over the odds for new signings'

Man City 'refusing to pay over the odds for new signings'
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Manchester City reportedly refused to meet the asking prices of Southampton and Leicester City for Virgil van Dijk and Harry Maguire.

Manchester City reportedly rejected moves for Virgil van Dijk and Harry Maguire as they were not prepared to pay world-record fees for the pair in either January 2018 or the recent transfer window.

Liverpool spent £75m on Van Dijk at the mid-point of the 2017-18 campaign, while Manchester United broke the world transfer record for a centre-back when they signed Maguire from Leicester City in the summer.

City have problems in central defence this season, with Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines following knee surgery and Vincent Kompany moving on during the summer to take up a player-coaching role with Anderlecht.

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi struggled during the team's 3-2 loss at Norwich City on Saturday, and the former is now facing six weeks on the sidelines with a thigh problem.

According to The Guardian, head coach Pep Guardiola had wanted to sign Van Dijk and Maguire when each player became available, but the Premier League champions refused to meet Southampton's or Leicester's asking price.

Kyle Walker and Fernandinho are both options for Guardiola to plug the gap until Stones returns to fitness - at which point the champions could have lost further ground in the Premier League table.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool98102171425
2Manchester CityMan City96122992019
3Leicester CityLeicester9522168817
4Chelsea95221914517
5Arsenal94321312115
6Crystal Palace9423810-214
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs93331513212
8Burnley93331211112
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd933387112
10Bournemouth93331313012
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham93331113-212
12Aston Villa93241513211
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves92521212011
14Manchester UnitedMan Utd9243109110
15Everton9315813-510
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9234912-39
17Southampton9225916-78
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9225514-98
19Norwich CityNorwich92161021-117
20Watford9045521-164

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