Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Manchester City have decided to shy away from the increasingly inflated transfer market, explaining their restraint in this summer’s window.
The Blues have made one expensive signing, breaking the club-record to land Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for £60million, but even that does not rank very highly on the list of priciest transfers of recent years – which is topped by Neymar’s £198million move from Barcelona to PSG.
However, according to Rummenigge, Guardiola ditched plans to add more players to his squad because of fees becoming more ridiculous.
“He [Guardiola said they originally planned to buy a few more players but decided against it because they no longer want to be part of the madness,” Rummenigge told the German press.
“I was a bit surprised to hear this at first, but then I thought it would indeed be wonderful if this statement were to be true until the English window closes.
“City, PSG – they’ve always been the global inflaters. Not Real [Madrid], who have spent next to nothing in the past years, which is proof you don’t have to join the madness to win the Champions League.
“That’s also our path. It’s our goal to again lift the Champions League trophy, rather sooner than later.”
Rummenigge’s remarks about City being one of the main inflators is debatable, with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain spending more on multiple players than City have on ANY player in their history.
It has been noticeable though, that City are taking more of a hardline stance on player values and wages these days, which has cost them the likes of Alexis Sanchez but has yet to have any tangible impact on the club’s success, as last season proved.
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