PEP GUARDIOLA took his summer spending through the £200m mark yesterday with the signing of Benjamin Mendy.
The France international left back is Guardiola’s sixth signing – and third new full-back – of a whirlwind summer following his £52m move from Monaco.
And Guardiola hasn’t stopped splashing the cash yet.
He is still searching for a striker and a central defender and has not yet given up on luring Alexis Sanchez away form Arsenal despite Arsene Wenger’s determination to keep the Chilean.
“This is what I wanted form the very beginning,” said 23-year-old Mendy.
“As soon as the season was over I talked to my family and it was all clear in my mind – I wanted to join Manchester City.
“I can bring a lot of creativity to the game. I can offer different solutions. I like to play at full-back and provide assists for the strikers. Every year I want to improve.
And this year must be better than last year.
“I always considered the Premier League to be the best League in Europe. I like the intensity. There is always an attacking mindset with a team like this one which is always playing with the ball.
“Pep likes to motivate and improve his players. He is in the same mould as Marcelo Bielsa [the former Monaco coach]. They belong to the same football family and I think that can only be beneficial for me and the rest of the team as well.