Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola closes in on the astonishing £1 billion spending mark after the imminent signing of Jack Grealish. The Cityzens are signing the Aston Villa captain for a whopping £100 million, taking their spending to just over £918 million in the five years that Guardiola has been in charge. If Man City were to succeed in the signing of Harry Kane, they will indeed move past the billion-pound mark.
Pep Guardiola's key to success at Manchester City over his five-year term has been spending big in the transfer window to sign the best players in the world. As per data from Transfermarkt, 35 players signed under Guardiola's term have cost £918,017,363. This staggering amount is the highest any manager has spent at a single club. However, the former FC Barcelona boss has justified his spending by bringing glory to the club. During his five years at the Etihad Stadium, Pep has won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four League Cups.
Jack Grealish has signed his contract until June 2026. He’s gonna be announced as new Manchester City player for £100m from Aston Villa. Paperworks signed yesterday evening between the two clubs. 🔵 #MCFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 5, 2021
Pep Guardiola has already spoken directly with Jack. Here-we-go confirmed.
Guardiola's other big-money moves include £61.2m for centre-back Ruben Dias and £61m for winger Riyad Mahrez. Meanwhile, Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones have all cost transfer fees in excess of £50m in the past few years. While some signings have justified their whopping transfer fees, not all of them have. Man City's transfer of Nathan Ake for £40m has not been fruitful as the Dutch centre-back has made only 13 appearances so far since his signing from Bournemouth last year due to injuries.
After months of speculations, Manchester City finally activated Jack Grealish's £100m release clause as Aston Villa were unwilling to let go of their captain for a cheaper price. Grealish is set to undergo a medical before completing his record-breaking move. Grealish's whopping transfer fee is not only going to break the Premier League transfer record but also the transfer record for a British player. The previous PL transfer record is currently held by Paul Pogba, who rejoined Manchester United for £93.25m from Juventus in 2016. Meanwhile, the transfer record for a British player is held by Gareth Bale, who joined Real Madrid for £85.3m in 2013.