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Pep praises speed of City's transfer deals

City have spent more than £200million on a squad revamp following last season's underwhelming campaign.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million ($281 million, 238 million euros).

It has been another strong showing of City's financial muscle but Guardiola insists the club have only paid market rates and such major rebuilding work is a one-off. I know a lot of the pundits are going for City but you feel like this is a Guardiola team now.

"The last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full backs".

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday.

He's probably priced up like that because the bookmakers think that Pep doesn't fancy him and that he won't play all the time but, as long as he stays fit, he'll be up there.

Guardiola also pointed out City were not alone in the high-spending stakes during a summer which has seen the world transfer record smashed with Neymar's £200.6million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

City have been installed as Sky Bet's 7/4 favourites for the title followed by champions Chelsea alongside Manchester United at 7/2 apiece, while Burnley join the top-flight's new boys as the relegation favourites.

Brighton chairman and successful poker player Tony Bloom says investing in the club is his best-ever single punt.

"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect. If we get on top, we have got to make it count and get the fans right behind us", he said.

Guardiola believes the Neymar deal has over-inflated the market to levels that can not be maintained. I was going to put Chelsea in second but I don't think they've strengthened enough yet.

"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well", said Hughton.

Also worth noting that Burnley's away record last season was awful, and their first five away games are at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City, so it will be neon impossible to keep clean sheets in these games. Every game is a pressure game but we will go in and try to get something from it.

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