Pep Guardiola has said that he is not happy at Jurgen Klopp’s suggestions about Man City having limitless spending power year in, year out.
While Man City broke their transfer record to land Rodri for £62.8m this summer, that is still less than the amount that Liverpool paid to sign both Virgil van Dijk and Alisson in 2018, and Pep Guardiola has defended the Premier League champions spending in recent years, saying Klopp’s claims are simply ‘not true’.
“Of course it bothers me, because it’s not true that we spend £200m every transfer market,” Guardiola said ahead of this weekend’s community shield against Liverpool.
“That is not true. So it’s Liverpool, you’ll never walk alone, so it’s not a small team. It’s Liverpool. So of course I don’t like it, because it’s not true.
“Last season we spent £17m (net spend) on one player.
“Two seasons ago if we spent a lot it’s because I took over the team and we had 10 or 11 players over 30 years old so we had to do it.
“We bought one player this season and Angelino, who we made a payback clause and came back with us and that’s a reality.”
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