Monday 19 February 2018

Gary Neville trolls Man City after Pep Guardiola claims he is lacking the cash to push for a trophy clean sweep

Gary Neville not impressed by Pep Guardiola's latest claims
Gary Neville not impressed by Pep Guardiola's latest claims
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Pep Guardiola's claims that Manchester City do not have enough transfer funds to contemplate a trophy clean sweep this season were instantly ridiculed by supporters of rival clubs on social media, with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville quick to add his voice to the vocal army of cynics.

Guardiola's City are expected to complete the £60m signing of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte ahead of next Wednesday's transfer deadline, which will comfortably take his spending past the £400m mark since he arrived at the club in the summer of 2016.

Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva were big name arrivals last summer, but City claimed they were unable to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal as they were out-bid for the player by their local rivals United.

"When you want to handle four competitions sometimes you have to be lucky with injuries," said Guardiola.

"People don't believe this, but today 22 top players is too expensive to buy, even for City.

"Their salaries we cannot pay. There are budgets for the transfers and we cannot pay. In the future, it may change but we haven't paid more than £80m-£100m for one player. We cannot pay that right now, it is the truth."

Those comments looked a little misplaced coming from the manager who has sent such lavish sums in the Premier League over the last 18 months and Sky Sports pundit Neville was quick to suggest Guardiola's comments were hard to believe as he posted this tweet:

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