Pep Guardiola says Manchester City cannot spend £80m on a player

• ‘We cannot pay that right now, they tell me. That is the truth’
• £57m fee agreed for Aymeric Laporte would be a club record

Pep Guardiola has said that Manchester City cannot spend big on every squad position despite the richest club in the country having agreed a club-record fee for Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte.

City met Laporte’s £57m buyout clause on Friday and at 23 the centre-half represents better value than paying West Brom over the odds for the 30-year-old Jonny Evans, though Guardiola is at pains to stress that even he must work to a budget.

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