Guardiola: Summer transfer window should shut before season starts

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The Spaniard believes that everything would be smoother if deals were concluded before hostilities commenced in earnest

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has called for the summer transfer window to close before the season begins.

There are numerous transfer sagas still running all over Europe, but particularly in the Premier League, where the futures of stars such as Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk of Southampton remain up in the air. 

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Guardiola believes from his club’s perspective, it would be better if the window was already shut.

"It would be nice,” he told Sky Sports. “We would start the season with the squad that we would work with until the winter window. Everything would be quicker, less speculation. 

“The managers and the clubs would work quicker and not wait for the deadline, the last moment, the last second. So I think it would be better.”

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Meanwhile, he does not relish the fact that his side have to tackle Everton in the Premier League’s final match of the weekend.

He said: "I don't like to play on Monday, the last game, when everybody is done and you play. I don't like that, but it is what it is.

"I'm considering an opponent like Everton will be tough but I expect a good game - and to win the game, of course."