Guardiola: I've been restrained by Man City's budget - FCNaija

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 28/01/2018

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the wake of Alexis Sanchez's move to rivals United says his side are not always able to pay high transfer fees and meet player's wage demands as the club is operating within a defined budget.

Sanchez looked likely to join City before they pulled out due to the cost of the deal, leaving United to swoop in under their rivals' noses, offering the Chilean more than £350,000 per week at Old Trafford, according to reports.

City according to Sky Sports were unwilling to agree to demands that would have made him the highest paid player in their squad and their manager Guardiola claims City cannot afford 22 'top' players as the Premier League leaders continue to fight on four fronts.

"When you want to handle four competitions sometimes you have to be lucky with injuries. Otherwise, you need 22 top players for every position. People don't believe this, but today 22 top players is too expensive to buy, even [for] City.

"Their salaries we cannot pay. There are budgets for the transfers and we cannot pay. In the future, it may change but we haven't paid more than £80m-£100m for one player. We cannot pay that right now, it is the truth.

"That's why we need the academy to fight. Of course, we spend a lot money but it is the same money as a lot of other teams. I can assure you we are not the only team in the world that spend money."

Meanwhile, Sky Sports in Italy say City have agreed a deal to sign defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao after matching his £57m release clause, breaking the club's transfer record of £55m, which they paid for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.