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Pep Guardiola sends Man United and Liverpool spending jibe after Man City’s Erling Haaland deal

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Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City are being unfairly criticized for their transfer spend compared to rivals Liverpool and Manchester United.

City have already kicked off the summer transfer window in exciting fashion by confirming they have reached an agreement to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. The initial fee for the Norwegian sensation is just £51m, but that rises significantly to around £86m once agent fees and bonuses are added.

It’s another big signing for the Blues less than a year after their £100million acquisition from Jack Grealish last summer, which is a UK transfer record. City have also spent big in each year of Guardiola’s reign, with over £770m extra spent on his squad.

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Predictably, City have come under criticism from some corners for the amount they spend, but Guardiola decided to point out that England’s best side have always been the biggest spenders, including including United and Liverpool.

“For people it’s just money,” he told Sky Sports. “If you want to think about it, think about it.

“But I know exactly that we work here and I said okay don’t give me credit, don’t give us credit but let’s give ourselves credit and as a manager give my players, to my staff.

“Listen when Liverpool in the 70s or 80s or United, who spend more money? Was it Norwich? Norwich spend more money in that era? Or Leicester spend more money on them? No, they spend more money than the others but the money for them is completely different from now.

“I will change it. When we put Etihad here [front of shirt] ‘aw that’s overpaid.’ But now United and Liverpool or whoever is going to pay maybe more maybe than they deserve because they work well because the CEO negotiates well no matter what and then more because it’s for the United States of America or another country that the owners are so now it’s perfect.

“That’s why we’re going to change, but it won’t change for a long time, that’s the reality. The only way to change is to perform well on the pitch.”

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