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Pep Guardiola: Premier League players £20-£25m more expensive

Pep Guardiola: Premier League players £20-£25m more expensive
From ESPN - August 11, 2017

MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola believes that top clubs are forced to pay over the odds for quality players but says the premium is even greater when dealing with Premier League clubs.

The Manchester City boss has spent close to 200 million on new players this summer -- four of which cost more than 40m.

Guardiola had said last season that he wanted more English players at City but he has only added defender Kyle Walker from Tottenham and said the domestic transfer market is even crazier than Europe and the rest of the world.

"When you go to Germany, Spain, Italy to buy -- it happens with United, Chelsea, all the big teams -- it's 10-15m more expensive. But if you go to England it's 20-25m more expensive," the Spaniard told a news conference ahead of City's Premier League opener with Brighton & Hove on Saturday.

"Buying from the same league is more difficult. We were able to buy Kyle and there are other English players I'd like to have but we are so happy with what we have done."

City spent around 120m on full-backs alone, with Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy replacing the four full-backs that left in the summer.

All the defenders that left were in their 30s and Guardiola is excited about the energy and speed that his new signings will bring to the squad.

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