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Pep Guardiola 'wanted Bernd Leno at Manchester City in 2017'

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was interested in signing goalkeeper Bernd Leno, now at Arsenal, in 2017, according to sporting director Txiki Begiristain.
By , Senior Reporter | 1mo

Manchester City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain has revealed that Pep Guardiola was interested in signing goalkeeper Bernd Leno in 2017.

After a number of high-profile mistakes from Claudio Bravo during his first season, Guardiola entered the transfer market for a replacement, eventually opting to bring in Brazilian stopper Ederson.

However, in a new book called Pep's City: The making of a superteam, Begiristain has claimed that Leno, then at Bayer Leverkusen, was also on the Premier League club's shortlist.

Begiristain said: "They both fitted the bill. One was more expensive to buy, the other required a higher salary. I left it up to the coaches to choose."

Leno spent a further year with Leverkusen before making the switch to Arsenal ahead of the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool17161042142849
2Leicester CityLeicester17123240112939
3Manchester CityMan City17112446192735
4Chelsea179263125629
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs177553224826
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd176742620625
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd176742116525
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves175932421324
9Arsenal175752426-222
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle176471724-722
12Burnley176382229-721
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
14Bournemouth175481924-519
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham175481928-919
16Everton175392029-918
17Aston Villa1743102330-715
18Southampton1743101836-1815
19Norwich CityNorwich1733111835-1712
20Watford171610932-239
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