Man City may break transfer record

Guardiola gestures from the sidelines during the match between Leicester City and Manchester City, April 3, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the club could break their transfer record and spend over 100 million pounds ($139 million) on a player, amid speculation over the future of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.اضافة اعلان

Although City have been the biggest spenders in Europe over the last decade, they are yet to buy a player for a world record amount and their highest fee paid is 64 million pounds for Ruben Dias to Benfica in September.

Guardiola last week described the prospect of another record breaking transfer in the close season as “impossible”, though on Monday he softened that stance by claiming a 100-million pound signing was possible.

“So far the club has decided not to spend not close to 100 million pounds for a player, or more than that on a player,” Guardiola told a news conference.

“Maybe in the future it is going to happen if they decide it is necessary to improve the team for the next five, 10 years.”

Guardiola refused to talk about the prospect of signing Norway international Haaland but hailed the 20-year-old’s “exceptional” qualities.