Man City plot £500m January transfer splurge after Southampton draw ​

Drew a game? Throw another half-a-billion at it


Following their stunning 1-1 draw against Southampton on Saturday evening, Manchester City have decided to throw another half-billion at their team in January, Paddy Power News has learned.

Pep Guardiola’s side were shaken to their foundations by conceding a seventh-minute screamer from Saints full-back Kyle Walker-Peters before recovering to earn a 1-1 draw in the second half.

This troubling development in the Sky Blues’ seemingly inevitable progress towards a fourth Premier League title in five years will see owner Sheikh Mansour rustle through his change purse and find another nine-figure sum to outlay on any player manager Pep Guardiola desires.


“Pep’s sure they are almost there” our source close to the Etihad when asked about the club’s reaction to shock strike and failure to collect all three points.

“Another five-hundred million pounds is all he needs. Probably.”

Asked about the possible targets, our source was tight-lipped, but did say that “a couple of forwards, maybe a right-back, centre-back, midfielder or two, probably a keeper… basically a whole other team,” could be brought in to shore up City’s ailing-though-massive squad.

“And Pep’s already earmarked a few million for the Asos Man Spring/Summer collection.”

It hasn’t stopped rumours from swirling about an audacious mid-season move for some of Europe’s hottest strikers following the club’s failure to sign Harry Kane last summer.

“Mbappe’s could be available with his contract up this year, Haaland’s surely moving on from Dortmund soon, and Ronaldo’s an inch away from decking Ralf Rangnick and walking from United,” our in-house in-the-know transfer gimp speculated wildly on hearing the news of a possible flurry of City transfer activity.

BERGAMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 02: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Atalanta and Manchester United at Stadio di Bergamo on November 02, 2021 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

“Harry Kane also sent Pep a Christmas card with ‘I’m still here, please send help,’ scrawled on it, according to reports”

“These are just the kind of players Guardiola will want to leave on the bench in a crucial Champions League quarter-final second leg starting with eight false nines and his second-choice keeper as a deep-lying playmaker.”

“City’s tens and tens of supporters could enjoy an exciting few days before the window closes,” he went on before we locked him back in his box with a digital clock counting down to 11pm on Jan 31st and another bucket of fishheads before he mentioned Andy Carroll’s contract at Reading expiring.

While Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they’ll make at least one extra member of staff and some parking cones available should City’s forty-strong fanbase swamp the Eastlands stadium on deadline day in anticipation of a blockbuster move.

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