The 68 million euros spent on Ruben Dias, the most expensive signing since Guardiola joined Man City, means the Spaniard has spent nearly 500 million euros on defenders in four and a half seasons.
Hours after Man City made their most expensive signing of a central defender in getting Ruben Dias, the club conceded five goals to Leicester. The back line continues to be a problem for the Sky Blues and it is not because of a lack of investment by Pep.
After spending 68 million on the Portuguese, the Catalan has spent 474.7 million euros on players in the defence. Not even that has stopped it.
R. Dias 💶 68M
Laporte 💶 65M
Cancelo 💶 65M
Mendy 💶 57,5M
Stones 💶 55,6M
Walker 💶 52,7M
Aké 💶 45,3M
Danilo 💶 30M
Porro 💶 12M
Angeliño 💶 12M
Couto 💶 6M
Sandler 💶 2,5M
Zinchenko 💶 2M
Itakura 💶 1,1M
El City ha gastado 474,7 millones en defensas en la ‘era Guardiola’ pic.twitter.com/lZlND4kKNC
— Manu Heredia (@ManuHeredia21) September 28, 2020
We are talking of four and half seasons and there is still time in the last few days of this transfer market. Dias and Ake (45.3) alone have already excedded 100 million.
Furthermore, only four of those defenders were in single figures: Couto (6 million), Sandler (2.5), Zinchenko (2) and Itakura (1.1). Laporte and Joao Cancelo (both 65) are the next highest.
No manager in that time has probably had as much money to spend as Guardiola. He has won eight titles, but all of them domestic ones. Guardiola has yet to win the Champions League with City. His team were knocked out of the quarter-finals last season in Lisbon.