Pep Guardiola promised yesterday that there will be no immediate repeat of this summer’s lavish spending at Manchester City.
City have spent more than £200 million on a squad revamp following last season’s underwhelming campaign.
There have been five major new signings in Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Danilo, and further additions have not been ruled out.
It has been another strong showing of City’s financial muscle but Guardiola insists the club have only paid market rates and such major rebuilding work is a one-off.
Guardiola said: “Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season. I assure you that.
“We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years Manchester City didn’t buy full-backs, so we had to buy full-backs.
“We needed to do that this summer because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League. This group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City.”