Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor during the warm up Chelsea Women v Manchester City Women Womens Community Shield football match, Wembley Stadium, London, UK - 29 Aug 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

No new signings imminent at Manchester City says Taylor

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor has advised that the club are not close to concluding any transfer deals as the end of the summer window edges closer.

The City boss has just days to get any further deals over the line with the club having been linked with the likes of full-backs Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood who are leaving European champions Lyon.

Speaking to the media, which included FA Women’s Super League Full-Time, after Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park this afternoon, Taylor said “There is nothing to report at the moment.

“We are aware of the window closing and we are keen to improve our squad.

“We want to be in a position where we have two really good players battling for the same position like we have with Georgia Stanway and Ellen White as an example.

“We are really looking to add, not just now but going forward because you have seen the quality of the teams in the WSL, they are improving and we want to be one step ahead of everybody else.”

Manchester City were gifted both goals as they saw off the threat of newly-promoted Villa in their Barclays FA Women’s Super League opener. Other than the individual errors from the hosts, there was very little difference between the two sides and Taylor admitted afterwards that he is fully aware of the fact that City have areas to improve.

He added “Three points is a great start for us from a difficult game, the stress levels were a little high at times.

“Expectation levels are high for us and that is how I want it to be, we have set high standards because we want to be successful.

“Elements of our play were good but we need to improve and we are fully aware of where we need to improve.

“Three points is a great way to start.”

City face another side who are expected to finish in the bottom half of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table next weekend when Brighton & Hove Albion are the first visitors of the new season to The Academy Stadium. The Seagulls have a poor record in the North West but have strengthened over the summer meaning that City will need to be alert to the threat of Hope Powell’s side.

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