Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hit back at critics of his transfer policy who say he spends too much money.
The Etihad outfit broke their transfer record in the summer when they signed Rodri from Atletico Madrid for £63m.
It ranks as the 23rd most expensive deal of all time, whereas their local rivals Manchester United are more willing to splash out bigger fees.
Harry Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender last summer when he joined from Leicester for £85m.
Previous to that, Romelu Lukaku was the biggest domestic transfer when he left Everton for £75m.
And Paul Pogba had held the title as the world’s most expensive player after he moved to Old Trafford for £89m from Juventus.
Guardiola , on the other hand, does not know whether City will go up to the same bracket in terms of spending this summer.
He said: “I don’t know it’s up to the club.
"When it comes to expensive players we are ranking 23 and 24 but the club has a bad reputation on that.
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“They say, ‘That’s just Man City spending money’ but, of course it is not true. You just have to see the numbers.
“Maybe one day it will happen, maybe not. The important thing is to buy good players who fit in to the way you want to play.
“The important thing is to take all the information about the player to reduce the uncertainty of a player being at a new club.
“Manchester City didn’t spend that kind of money so far, but maybe in the future it will do it, so honestly right now I don’t know.
“It will depend on the market, the player we have, the players who stay, the players who are going to leave. Many, many things can be involved.”
City are in the midst of another successful season despite falling 25 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League.
After winning the Carabao Cup, Guardiola can still end the season with the Champions League and FA Cup.
They are 2-1 up over Real Madrid after a fine first leg performance at the Bernabeu.
And the Etihad outfit take on Newcastle at St. James’ Park in the FA Cup on March 21.
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