Premier League champions Manchester City are not interested in signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, according to a report on the Manchester Evening News.

Reports emerged earlier today that City boss Pep Guardiola was keeping a close eye on Weigl as a potential backup option in midfield but those reports have now been dismissed.

Guardiola did mention after his side’s Community Shield victory that he was hoping to add one more player to his squad before the transfer deadline on Thursday, particularly mentioning that he would like some depth in defensive midfield.

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City already missed out on signing Fred and Jorginho, with both players deciding to sign for rivals Manchester United and Chelsea instead.

With no natural replacement for Fernandinho in defensive midfield in the City squad, Guardiola would ideally like to sign someone just in case but even if they don’t, they look in fine shape ahead of the new season.

Phil Foden was deployed in a slightly deeper role against Chelsea on Sunday and he was very impressive. Whether the denial of interest in Weigl is just a smokescreen remains to be seen as on paper, he would be the perfect signing for them.