By Noel Whelan

11th Nov, 2022 | 12:34pm

Man City are laying the groundwork for 'big-money signings' after Sky reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Man City will already have “big-money signings” in mind for next summer after Pep Guardiola confirmed he won’t sign anyone in January.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted adding players mid-season would only reduce their budget for the main window at the end of the 2022-23 season.

As seen in a video from Sky Sports (9 November), Guardiola told reporters his squad will remain the same for the remainder of this campaign – insisting he is “pleased” with his players.

The reigning Premier League champions are likely to be the only big-six club to keep their powder dry in January, with each of their rivals extensively linked with new faces.

Man City are reportedly leading the race for Borussia Dortmund midfield star Jude Bellingham – who is widely expected to depart for England in the summer of 2023.

When asked if they could fall behind their rivals without signing players in January, Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “No, I think the strength in depth in that squad means they can afford to let a window go.

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“I think there are lots of clubs out there who can’t afford not to improve.

“But it just seems to me that if they spend money in January, they’re going to be taking money out of the budget for the summer and all the big-money deals and signings they have planned.

“It makes perfect sense to sit this one out – look at the way they’re performing in the league and in the cup competitions already.

“They’re in a healthy place right now. They could make 11 changes and it wouldn’t weaken them one bit, in my opinion.

“They’ve got two sets of teams full of international quality, and even the youngsters are trying to break through – as we saw against Chelsea in the League Cup.

“Man City are probably the only club who don’t need to sign anyone in January. They’ll already be planning for the summer.”

In other news, pundit verdict on Guardiola rejecting Man City contract amid “£500,000-a-week” claim.