5 Most Expensive Signings Made by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

Nov 24, 2020, 11:20 AM GMT+5:30
Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte
Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte are two among the most expensive signings made by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has spent staggering sums of money ever since being appointed as manager of Manchester City in 2016 and to be fair it has paid great dividends as seen by his dominance domestically with the club winning two Premier League titles and one FA Cup among numerous other honours.

While his critics claim that when it comes to signing players, he is not the best - the Spaniard has not shied away from spending big in the transfer market. Here, we take a look at five of his most expensive signings at the Etihad.

1. Ruben Dias - €68m

Ruben Dias
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Guardiola's most expensive signing at City so far his most recent one with the Spaniard spending €68million to lure Ruben Dias from Benfica earlier in the summer. The centre-back has already looked like a solid attention to their defence, impressing both fans and football pundits in the seven games he has appeared for them. A player who will be expected to marshall their defence for another decade at least.

2. Riyad Mahrez - €67.8m

Riyad Mahrez
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Riyad Mahrez became the most expensive African footballer when City paid Leicester City €67.8m for his services in 2018 and while he has been inconsistent, the player has made some important contributions for the club so far. The 29-year-old was expected to kick-on following the departure of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich in the summer and he will need to step up in order to ensure that they can challenge for trophies this season.

3. Aymeric Laporte - €65m

Aymeric Laporte
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One of the best signings that Guardiola has made during his time at the Etihad has been Aymeric Laporte who has more than lived up to the €65m that they spent on him. His importance to the club was seen last season, when the club struggled in his absence and along with Dias, the management will look to him to be the rock of their defence.

4. Joao Cancelo - €65m

João Cancelo
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Joao Cancelo has improved by leaps and bounds this season after being criticised for his performances last campaign, with the 26-year-old now showing why Guardiola was keen to sign him and even went on to pay €65m for his services. Cancelo like the other defenders is still young and will be expected to improve as time progresses.

5. Rodri - €62.7m

Rodri Hernandez
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Rodri was signed as a long-term replacement for the ageing Fernandinho, but it would be fair to say that the Spaniard has struggled at times to cope with the pace of the league. He has put in some good performances, but will need to become more consistent and stronger in order to replace the Brazilian in central midfield.