Man City boss Guardiola dismisses 'ridiculous' four-peat hopes

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Guardiola said: 'A month ago I read about Ruben Neves - £100m!

Guardiola trialled both John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan in Fernandinho's role while he was absent through injury last month, but neither offered the same protection as the veteran.

"We realised when we played the EFL (English Football League) Cup and the first away game how complicated it would be", said Guardiola of the threat posed by high-flyers Wolves.

Neves, whose Wolves side visit the Etihad on Monday, tends to play as one of two holding midfielders, whereas Fernandinho performs that role on his own in the City line-up. We are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder.

"It's not easy to find the specific quality of the players", said Guardiola.

But most importantly, the 21-year-old is a tactically astute midfielder, who shouldn't find any difficulties in adapting to Pochettino's front-footed build-up and aggressive approach in the final third - making him a tailor-made fit for the Lilywhites. He knows the Premier League, after three years together here, he knows everything and that's so important. And the fact that he can play anywhere across the midfield would be priceless for Spurs, who, as mentioned earlier, have had their key midfielders, miss a chunk of the season due to injuries.

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Guardiola did not reference De Jong but conceded City face a hard task beating Barca and Madrid when it comes to transfers.

"Of course, all departments in the club, we have in every position four or five or six options (potential targets) -- depending on age, what we believe and, of course, the price".

And de Jong is reportedly on the radar as the ideal replacement; with Tottenham willing to spend a club-record fee on the young Dutchman from the substantial fee they would hope to recoup for Eriksen.

"You have to pay the club, pay the family and talk with the players, and with the agents, it's nuts".

Guardiola said he was happy with his squad, with City challenging for silverware in four competitions.

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