Guardiola defends Manchester City's big spending

City have spent around 200 million pounds ($259.46 million) to strengthen their squad in the close-season with other title contenders including Chelsea and Manchester United also spending heavily to bolster their teams. It was a good test for us.

"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect". In the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs.

The manager said he is building for the future and has since signed goalkeeper Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker and Danilo.

"We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years". "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City". I don't know, we're going to ask the doctor because, of course, he was injured for a long time.

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

Guardiola actually enquired about Busquets last summer but a move never materialised, and it will surely be a hard task again this summer after Barca lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a world record transfer.

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"I think he's close to coming back", he said.

Goal revealed earlier in August that Sancho had already said goodbye to his youth-team colleagues, who were left under the impression that he would join Borussia Dortmund.

Guardiola is credited with moulding the now 29-year-old into the ideal defensive midfield lynchpins, who has allowed attacking stars such as Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Pedro, David Villa, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar and Dani Alves to flourish over the years.

"Some of the transfer fees are insane but it shows how good these players are".

There were some promising signs last season - an opening salvo of 10 straight wins, a stunning Champions League victory over Barcelona - but City never found any consistent form.

Brighton could find it hard to match England's best sides and we definitely expect in-form Manchester City to win the game at Amex. "We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how hard it is".

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