Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club could not afford to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves.
City have been linked with a move for the Portuguese defensive midfielder on a number of occasions this season. However, Guardiola was adamant his club could not justify the former Porto player’s price tag.
“A month ago I started reading ‘Ruben Neves, £100million’. That is not going to happen. We are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder.’’ Guardiola told a pre-match press conference.
“We have a limit and cannot spend more so that’s why we need to be careful with the players and try next season to see what we can do to improve.”
Guardiola saw his side suffer three defeats in four games in December, as he lost his current holding midfielder, Fernandinho, to injury.
Neves is reportedly being monitored by a host of top clubs after impressing hugely since joining Wolves in the summer of 2017. The 21-year-old Portugal international was a key player during his sides promotion from the Championship last season and has adjusted seamlessly to the demands of the Premier League this term.
Guardiola will get to see the highly-rated midfielder up close and personal tonight when his side host Wolves at the Etihad, with City needing a win to reduce the gap between them and league leaders Liverpool to four points.