"Sometimes we have done [business], but normally when we buy some player it's for the next five, six years and normally in this transfer window this kind of situation doesn't happen", he told a news conference ahead of Monday's Premier League clash with Wolves. But, of course, for the next season it's an important target to find.
"A month ago, I started reading 'Ruben Neves, £100million, '" said the City manager, who faces Neves and Wolves at the Etihad on Monday night.
Wanderers go into this match off the back of a solid win over Liverpool in the FA Cup last week, and having already held Man City in the Premier League this season, they will head up the M6 high in confidence.
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"Ruben Neves is an excellent player", said Guardiola, whose second-placed side will be looking to cut Liverpool's seven-point lead at the top of the table. That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder. "It involves playing with two holding midfielders - not just one - but he's an excellent player".
"You have to pay the club, pay the family and talk with the players, and with the agents, it's nuts". The German at least looked comfortable in the position as Fernandinho was rested for the cup thrashings of Rotherham and Burton over the past week, which City won by a combined scoreline of 16-0. He can play that holding midfield role, he has the quality and the vision to pass. He had more space than usual but he was so clever. He can play that holding midfield role.
Although Fernandinho will be 34 by the end of the season Guardiola said City do not now have the finance to buy a replacement. "He's a fantastic player".
"When we spent a lot last season, it was because the team was old - it was 30-31 years old and that's why we did it".