City will not pay over the odds
Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City will not overpay in terms of wages to land their top targets - even if it means they miss out.
City this week lost out to Barcelona in the chase for Ajax's highly-rated midfielder Frenkie De Jong.
The Holland midfielder is to move to the Nou Camp in a 65million euros deal in the summer, with the player reportedly set to earn around 300,000 euros per week.
Guardiola accepts the lure of Barca is a strong one, but it is understood the salary was also beyond the terms City were prepared to pay.
City boss Guardiola said: "I think we try to keep the harmony in the locker room with the wages.
"When you have no balance with that then there is always a problem with the mood in the locker room. One of the good things that City have done is keeping that balance."
Transfer fees and wages are continually rising but, despite City's modern reputation for lavish investment, they have shown they are not prepared to overspend if they believe deals do not represent good value.
Alexis Sanchez, Dani Alves and Jorginho are among the players to have been pursued by City in the recent past, only for other clubs to move in.
Guardiola believes extra emphasis will have to be placed on spotting talent early.
He said: "The reality is that it's not just one or two teams paying a lot on wages. There are many. Many, many.
"Before, the rumours were that it was just PSG and Manchester City. That is over. Everybody can pay a lot in fees and wages. There are many and sometimes we can't compete with that."
Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.