Douglas Costa: Pep Guardiola cannot sign Bayern players because of Man City contract clause

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Just three and a half weeks have passed since the 2015/16 Premier League season was brought to a close yet this summer’s transfer window already looks set to be the biggest yet.

A host of big-name and big-money signings have already been made, with Granit Xhaka, Eric Bailly and Ilkay Gundogan all having arrived at Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.

City appear set for a particularly busy summer, especially so with Pep Guardiola at the helm.


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The Spaniard has succeeded Manuel Pellegrini as manager and reportedly wants no less than eight new starters in the transfer window.

However, one club he can’t look towards for new additions is Bayern Munich - and there’s a good reason why.

According to Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, per the Daily Mail, a clause has been inserted into Guardiola’s contract which states he cannot raid his former employers.

The 25-year-old told Globo Esporte: “Would I be open to City if Pep called? It’s something he has in his contract, a clause that says he cannot sign any players from Bayern.”

Interesting. It’s a smart move on Bayern’s part, but for City, their resources are now limited.

Not that Costa wants to join City anyway.

“I am in a situation where I could stay at Bayern for a long time,” the Brazil international added. “The club’s philosophy is to keep players at Bayern for a long time.

“I am happy at the prospect of enjoying a long career here.”

It would seem City don’t need Bayern as a source for players, though, amidst rumours they’re in advanced talks to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to Sky Sports, the Gabon international is valued at £58.5 million, which the Citizens are happy to pay.

And you can hardly blame them. Last season, Aubameyang scored 25 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances and fell second only to Robert Lewandowski in the top goalscorer charts.

Elsewhere, Guardiola is reportedly eyeing Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte.

This is according to the Guardian, who claim City will meet the Spanish outfit’s £39 million asking price.

A new centre-back will likely be a priority for Guardiola following a season where his side defended poorly and struggled to a fourth-placed finish, narrowly pipping rivals United to a Champions League place.

Of City’s current crop of central defenders, Vincent Kompany spent the vast majority of last term on the sidelines, whilst Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala flattered to deceive in their captain’s absence.

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