Pep Guardiola will thrive having more control over transfers at Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola is expected to have greater control over transfers than at Bayern Munich when he takes over as Manchester City manager this summer.

Having failed to finish top of the league table only once during stints with Barcelona and Bayern since 2009, the Spaniard is no stranger to delivering results at some of the biggest clubs in world football.

However, given the enormous financial muscle at City's disposal, Guardiola will face an entirely different kind of challenge when calling the shots at the Etihad compared to the Bundesliga.


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Sky Sports Germany correspondent Mario Harter revealed that Guardiola was on a much tighter leash in the transfer market at the Allianz Arena, claiming Bayern exercise a far more conservative approach to signings players than what he can expect at City.

"It's the Bundesliga, and in the Budesliga they don't spend as much as in England. People in Germany say he wanted to sign Neymar when he left Santos for Barcelona in 2013," he began.

"Pep was more calculated in the transfer market. He only bought if necessary. In Germany he could not decide on his own, he could say: 'I want to sign that player', but in the end it is not his decision, it is Bayern Munich’s.

"Of course he had a lot of impact and a lot of control, but not total control. He could not just say to the board: 'I want Neymar'. It doesn't work like that at Bayern."

Harter also suggested the former Barcelona boss will flourish working with his new club’s resources, enabling him to sign virtually any player he wants while also having cutting edge training facilities to develop top quality youngsters.

"He will like having a lot of money to spend, but he also likes the young academy players," the German added.

"Bayern are traditional, and do not want to spend more money than they earn. That's what they did with Guardiola and will do with Ancelotti. The manager has to adapt to the club."

The lack of a blank chequebook at Bayern undoubtedly played played a significant part in Guardiola's rather quiet transfer ventures during three years at the club.

Mario Gotze, Arturo Vidal, Douglas Costa and Medhi Benatia are the only players to have joined the German champions for more than £20 million since the 45-year-old has been in charge.

Whilst the prospect of one of the most successful managers in history essentially being given free rein to improve his squad is an intriguing one, only time will tell whether City’s giant bank balance will distort Guardiola's approach to the transfer market.

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