Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola has cooled discuss of the Premier League champions making a giant cash transfer for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
The 21-year-old is reportedly on an inventory of Metropolis targets as Guardiola seeks to ease the burden on veteran Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.
With the Wolves star’s valuation reportedly reaching £100m after his starring performances within the Premier League this season, Guardiola was fast to refute strategies that Metropolis could be open to spending that sum of cash.
He mentioned (as quoted by the Daily Mirror): “A month in the past, I began studying ‘Ruben Neves, £100m’. That is not going to occur. We’re not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder.
“Particularly Fernandinho’s function, it is so tough to seek out. He is aware of the Premier League, after three years collectively right here, he is aware of all the things and that is so essential.
8 – Eight of Rúben Neves’ 9 objectives for Wolves have been from outdoors the field, with the opposite one coming from the penalty spot. Blast. #WOLLIV
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“However, after all, for the following season, it is an essential goal to seek out. He’ll be 34 [in May] and he can’t play each few days.”
The Metropolis boss additionally rejected accusations that the Etihad aspect over-spend on transfers, and identified that Metropolis’s file signing of £60m Riyad Mahrez was considerably decrease than the remainder of the league’s prime sides.
He added: “Our most costly one was Riyad, and he’s far-off from what the highest groups pay.
“Our wage invoice for the gamers is eighth or ninth or tenth in Europe, so there are eight or 9 golf equipment the place the wages are larger than what Manchester City pay. We attempt to be steady in all the things.
“After we spent quite a bit final season, it was as a result of the staff was outdated. It was 30-31 years outdated, and that is why we did it. However we can’t do it each season.
“Now we have a restrict and can’t spend extra in order that’s why we must be cautious with the gamers and check out subsequent season to see what we are able to do to enhance.”