Pep Guardiola has splashed out more cash during this summer’s spending window than any other manager in the Premier League and it doesn’t look like his record spending spree is over just yet.
After finalising the signing of their biggest buy Benjamin Mendy on Monday for £49.3 million, the Manchester City boss is looking to go all out on Arsenal hitman Alexis Sanchez next, who has 12 months left on his Emirates deal.
City have already netted midfielder Bernardo Silva to the Etihad for £43 million as well as Ederson Moraes for £35 million from Benfica, Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker for £45 million, Real Madrid’s Danilo for £26.5 million and young Brazilian striker Douglas Luiz for £10 million.
His latest signing of the France international has taken his summer spending to over £200 million. But the manager is still looking for a striker and a central defender, with plenty of time left until the window closes on 31st August.
At present Real Madrid hold the record for the most money spent in one window, having spent approximately £219.80 million back in the summer of 2009. Los Blancos president Florentino Perez handed Manuel Pellegrini a small fortune to rebuild the Spanish giants, bringing in Xabi Alonso, Karim Benzema, Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo.
After signing Mendy, City now have the most expensive defence in football history, spending almost £130 million on three full-backs in only 10 days. Delighted with their successful purchases after landing just about all of the top targets they identified at the start of the summer, Guardiola, chief executive Ferran Soriano and football director Txiki Begiristain are celebrating their acquisitions
Meanwhile City’s next friendly is with Real Madrid on Wednesday at the LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Neither side has been successful in winning their previous games. Neither Mendy or Danillo are expected to feature in this friendly.