Pep Guardiola brings up Harry Maguire’s name in a heated press conference rant about Chelsea’s spending

Pep Guardiola has emphasized that Manchester City would face intense scrutiny if they matched the expenditure of Chelsea.

Since Todd Boehly and his ownership group’s entrance last year, Chelsea has invested over £900 million in acquiring 28 players, including the recent £173 million deal for Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia.

Among other substantial signings are Mykhailo Mudryk [£88m], Wesley Fofana [£75m], Christopher Nkunku [£56m], and Raheem Sterling [£47.5m], not to mention the £110 million allocated for the acquisition of Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

In contrast, Manchester City has secured two summer signings thus far, with the most recent addition, Josko Gvardiol, coming in at a £77.6 million valuation.

During a press conference preceding their Premier League encounter against Newcastle on Saturday, Guardiola chose to underscore Chelsea’s extensively discussed spending spree.

In fact, he referenced a number of players, including Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella, as examples of transfer targets they did not want to pay the asking price for.

“I couldn’t sit here if we spent what Chelsea spent in the last two transfer windows – you would kill me,” he said in the above clip.

“You will kill me, that is for sure. We’d be under scrutiny like you couldn’t imagine. We have to see what happens in the market and if we can do it and to pay what we believe is fair.

“We wanted [Harry] Maguire and didn’t buy him because we didn’t want to pay, we wanted [Marc] Cucurella and didn’t pay, we wanted Alexis Sanchez and didn’t pay.

“In the end we will pay what is fair to do it. Otherwise we have the academy. We won’t be desperate just to get another player.”

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Guardiola added: “I don’t criticise Chelsea for one second. I’m saying, if we do it, we are dead. All around the world [every club] can do whatever they want.

“I have admiration for Todd [Boehly, the Chelsea co-owner] – I met him. They can do whatever they want.

“If they want to spend, I don’t know, £900m since he arrived, 900 more, 900 more – they have it. The business is the business. They sell a lot this season so they can do it.”

The Spaniard also revealed that City could be forced to replace the injured Kevin De Bruyne this summer. The Belgian midfielder is set to be ruled out for four months after suffering a hamstring injury against Burnley.

“We maybe need to add someone else,” Guardiola said. “My opinion is I like a small squad. But the blow from Kevin changes the perspective. He is a very important player and it is not one or two weeks.

“It’s four or five months, he’s 32 years old and he needs to be physical because of the way he plays physically. So we have to reflect a bit on the squad and think about what we have to do but we have to control.

“But we are not the only ones spending a lot of money in the last few years.”

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