Pep Guardiola is building an armoury of amazing young players at Man City.
His latest acquisition, Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club record £57million, further bolsters what is by far and away the most expensive defensive line ever put together.
City have the second-most expensive goalkeeper in the world, two of the three most expensive centre backs in front of him and the two most costly full backs in the world.
And Pep *genuinely* said City don’t have the spending power to keep up with the world’s biggest clubs.
The Abu Dhabi backed club have taken spending on defenders to new levels since Pep arrived at the club.
Since 2016 they have spent around £300million on six defenders.
Which means Man City’s defence budget is more than the military defence spending of 16 countries.
Petro-dollars enabled City to cherry pick the best young defenders in the world as they look to develop a a side that is going to dominate Europe for the next decade.
They have scooped up the cream of the crop from England in John Stones and Kyle Walker, Spain in Laporte and Danilo, Portugal in Ederson and France with Benjamin Mendy.
To be fair it feels like the one area the club had failed to invest in, instead believing that Vincent Kompany pretty much protect the goal by himself.
City’s defence have only conceded two goals or more on three occasions this season, against Liverpool, Bristol City and Shakhtar Donetsk.
But, would you trust them to protect the likes of Liberia, Timor-Leste or Belize.