The Premier League champions expect a sensational fall for Tottenham striker Harry Kane after securing the arrival of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish for a club record £ 100m in early August.
Ahead of the Manchester team’s league opener against Tottenham on Sunday, the Catalan coach was asked about the Liverpool manager’s remarks on the way several top English clubs invested in their squads during the summer transfer window.
Chelsea broke their own record transfer amount by signing Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku for £ 97.5m, while Manchester United spent more than £ 110m to win Jadon Sancho and Raphaël Varane ahead of the new season.
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“I don’t judge other clubs by what they do; they do what they believe. Some owners want to profit, our owners don’t,” Guardiola said in his pre-game press conference, quoted by Manchester evening news.
“You want to reinvest in the team. We invest what we can invest. We could spend £ 100m on Jack Grealish because we sold for £ 60m. In the end we spent £ 40m (net) the club said to me. I don’t know what will happen in the future. “
City’s antics in the transfer market have come under heavy scrutiny over the years, but Guardiola insisted that the Premier League champions abide by Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
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The 50-year-old added, “We have limits to financial fair play. If you (the city’s transfer critics) disagree, you can file a statement in court and we will defend ourselves. Financial fair play is the rule.” for us, and we absolutely obey the rules, what happened in the end was that we were innocent in 2014, I believe, and we are now in 2021.
“Every season we (City) pass the FFP. I say the same thing, there are owners who want the advantage for themselves. Our club, of course, they don’t want to lose any money, if they can spend money we can do that.” A few years ago other clubs would always spend a lot of money for a lot on multiple players.
“We (the city) spend because we can, we don’t spend if we can’t. In the end, we have to present the balance sheet and say that is who we are, what we have and what we can do . “
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