He said it last season, he said it early this summer as well, but in practice, it proved almost impossible. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola would really like to have more English players at his disposal, but the cost of buying them is simply too high.
When you go to Germany, Spain, Italy to buy – it happens with United, Chelsea, all the big teams – it’s £10-£15m more expensive. But if you go to England it’s £20-£25m more expensive
the Catalan manager told reporters ahead of his team’s debut in the Premier League, talking about not only the English players, but also the foreigners who play in Premier League clubs.
Buying from the same league is more difficult. We were able to buy Kyle and there are other English players I’d like to have but we are so happy with what we’ve done
Guardiola said, having added Kyle Walker to City’s roster this summer, the only English player to join the Etihad side.
The former Tottenham right-back cost City a record amount of money (for a full-back). Instead of knocking on other doors in England for more players, City simply turned to continental Europe, signing Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy, for less than what similar players already playing in the Premier League would have cost them.