Guardiola reflects on Man City's defeat at PSG
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Liverpool icon Dirk Kuyt has slammed Premier League transfer fees and believes Jack Grealish is only worth a third of the £100million Manchester City paid to make him English football’s most expensive player.
The Premier League champions completed the blockbuster arrival of Grealish from Aston Villa in the summer window.
Grealish had a release clause inserted into his Villa contract which City decided to activate.
He was the club’s only major summer signing, although Pep Guardiola did want to acquire England captain Harry Kane from Tottenham. Spurs priced Kane out of a departure.
Premier League clubs spent over a £1billion during the summer transfer window, despite the financial effects of lockdown restrictions raging through the football pyramid.
Former Liverpool forward Kuyt has criticised the fees attached to players based in England and believes the Premier League’s global scope is to blame.
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“The hype and success of the Premier League has an effect on the players’ values,” Kuyt told the Mirror.
“Just look at the price tags on them these days.
“Jack Grealish went for £100m to City. That’s three times the value of what he’s really worth.”
Grealish was made the most expensive English player of all-time when he completed his transfer from Villa to City.
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However, his £100m price would have been toppled had Kane also joined Guardiola’s side.
It was widely reported that City would need to spend around £150m to take the Three Lions striker to the Etihad Stadium.
Grealish’s was not the only huge fee spent by a club in the summer. Manchester United paid an initial £73m to end their long-running Jadon Sancho saga.
The winger arrived from Borussia Dortmund in a busy window for United. They also completed the signings of Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo for a combined £55m.
Chelsea stumped up £97.5m to seal the return of striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
Arsenal’s attempts to close the gap on the top four prompted them to be the Premier League’s biggest spenders. Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu completed over £150m worth of deals.
City boss Guardiola incredibly suggested that he would go as far as court to defend signing Grealish for nine figures.
“We have spent £40million pounds – 100 we paid and 60 we won last year. Without the 60 million we could not afford it and we are more than delighted,” Guardiola said in the summer.
“We did it because we can do it. If people are not sure about it, we can go to the court and we’ll defend it. We did it perfectly.”
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