Trevor Sinclair has hailed the work Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain do at Manchester City to keep the club’s actual transfer plans private, while speaking on talkSPORT.
The former Citizens forward believes Guardiola and Txiki oversee a great operation at the Etihad Stadium. As rather than let rumours emerge over every target, Sinclair believes the Premier League champions let out red herrings to keep their real targets hidden.
Reports by ESPN have linked Manchester City with a £100m move for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer. ESPN also claimed they were preparing a £100m bid for Tottenham’s Harry Kane, as Guardiola looks to replace Sergio Aguero.
But Manchester City are yet to strengthen Guardiola’s side with proven talents, and Sinclair feels only the Citizens boss and Txiki truly know who will be arriving at the Etihad Stadium.
“I’ve always been quite impressed with Man City since Pep took over,” Sinclair said. “They keep their cards very close to their chest. If you look at any gossip pages to do with sport, it’s very rarely you hear anything about Manchester City.
“I think Txiki does his work, he keeps it very private. They’ll be a couple of rumours and usually, it’s red herrings. Where they pretend they’re going for someone and they’ll leave that player alone for their actual main target.
“I’m not surprised they’re keeping their cards close to their chest and letting leaks come out to the media saying we’re interested in this player and that player.”
Sinclair lauds smart Guardiola operation at Manchester City
Sinclair is right to praise Guardiola’s transfer methods as it positions Manchester City strongly in the market. Clubs may be more receptive to doing business with the Spaniard if they know it will be handled delicately.
It helps avoid any unwanted backlash if the player in question is a fans’ favourite at the selling club. Although Sinclair’s comments are not necessarily on the money if Guardiola is working on signing Grealish and Kane.
But Guardiola likely has other options up his sleeve that can strengthen Manchester City, like Sinclair expects. And with plenty of time left in the market, Txiki can still find an Aguero replacement if Kane’s not it.