City can't afford £100m Ruben Neves, says Pep Guardiola

City can't afford £100m Ruben Neves, says Pep Guardiola

"I reflected on it briefly and wondered if they were talking correctly and said, 'No, I can not accept it, come on Spurs!'"

Jurgen Klopp's side got back to winning ways with an important 1-0 victory against Brighton at the Amex on Saturday, a result that saw Liverpool extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

"Maybe there aren't many, but there are players who can play in that role".

Guardiola acknowledges he can not expect Fernandinho, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, to play as much for City as he gets older, adding a solution has to be found for next season.

And, finally, the Manchester Evening News' panel of City writers have had their say on who should start Monday's big game.

Guardiola said: "It's not easy to find the specific quality of the players".

Ahead of tonight's game against Manchester City, Jimenez admits Wolves' targets are shifting this season - qualifying for Europe is a possibility. That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder.

Without actually naming Frenkie de Jong, when he was asked about City's interest in the Dutch midfielder he skewed off in an interesting direction.

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"You have to pay the club, pay the family and talk with the players, and with the agents, it's nuts".

"We have a limit and cannot spend more so that's why we need to be careful with the players and try next season to see what we can do to improve".

In the meantime, Guardiola will hope Ilkay Gundogan can fill in if needed.

City have offered no indication that their last two outings that collective attention is starting to drift, with 16 goals plundered across cup meetings with Rotherham and Burton.

Guardiola said: "Gundogan played the last two games like a holding midfielder". His quality is incredible, we knew that.

"When we spent a lot last season, it was because the team was old".

"There are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and majority can play here". A couple of friends of mine said a few weeks ago that they wanted Liverpool to win it and it was the first time I had heard a United fan say they wanted Liverpool to win it over City because they felt it would be a one-off.

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