Manchester City has stressed that the club won’t go on a huge spending spree during the summer transfer window and they are likely to adjust with a couple of signings to replace those who are likely to depart. The Catalan tactician has spent over £450m on players since his arrival at the Etihad in 2016 but he has insisted that the club won’t be splashing the cash in the upcoming transfer window.
He said: “When people say, “they won because they invested a lot,” they are right. We invested a lot of money, we are going to invest less in the future because instead of doing it in two or three transfer markets, we did it in one. But we needed to because of the (squad’s average) age we had before. Yaya is leaving so we have to replace him and maybe another one. One or two, no more, maybe people don’t believe me but we don’t have the money to invest £300m every season.”
During Guardiola’s first season, the club had plenty of aged personnel in the full-back positions but the Spaniard managed to resolve the problem last summer where he spent more than £200m on recruits. Thereafter, the Citizens pursued the club-record signing of Aymeric Laporte midway through the season and this offered them the additional defensive depth in case of injury setbacks.
After a record campaign which has included a Premier League and League Cup double, the expectations are likely to be high on the Citizens next term, but for now, the players are likely to relish their achievements ahead of the summer. The Mancunian giants broke the record for the most number of points, wins, and goals during their Premier League triumph and on the final day of the season, they became the first top-flight outfit to achieve the 100-point mark, which may never be repeated.