Like the PSG, Manchester City has made heavy investments in the transfer market since the arrival of Pep Guardiola.
If the PSG has spent huge amounts last summer to boost its attack (400 million euros on Neymar and Kylian Mbappé), Manchester City is not left behind, including massive investments on defenders. The latest, Aymeric Laporte, landed Tuesday against Bilbao against 65 million euros (the second most expensive defender in history behind Virgil van Dijk recruited by Liverpool this month).
Guardiola refuses to spend € 100m on a player
The two clubs in the hands of Emirati billionaires box in the same category but Pep Guardiola considers that his purchases are better distributed and therefore more judicious. « Some clubs spend 400 million euros on two players. They were spent on six. When you want to be competitive at the high level, you have to spend. Maybe one day the club will spend 100 to 130 million on a player, but we decided not to do it, « he reacted during the presentation of the French.
« We understand market inflation, that’s how it is. We accept the criticism but what concerns us is that our recruits are good, « added the Spanish coach. Aymeric Laporte (€ 65m), Benjamin Mendy (€ 57m), John Stones (€ 55m), Kyle Walker (€ 51m), Leroy Sané (€ 50m), Bernardo Silva (€ 50m), Ederson ( € 40 million), Gabriel Jesus (€ 32 million) … City has indeed recruited more players than PSG but since the arrival of Pep Guardiola, the trade balance of transfers (purchases – sales) shows a deficit of 400 million euros. euros! It remains to be seen what UEFA will say …