Pep Guardiola insists he will NOT be held to ransom for £100m Wolves star Ruben Neves

PEP GUARDIOLA says Manchester City will not be held to ransom over Ruben Neves — or any long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

The Etihad chief is a big fan of the Wolves star who faces the champions at the Etihad tonight.

Pep Guardiola insists he will NOT be held to ransom for £100m Wolves star Ruben NevesReuters3 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is believed to be a fan of Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves

But he was stunned at reports they will demand £100million to sell the Portuguese ace.

A defensive midfielder is top of Guardiola’s wish-list this summer with Frenkie de Jong, Tanguy Ndombele, Houssem Aouar and Declan Rice in the frame.

But Guardiola said: “There are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and most can play here.

“That’s not the point — most of them are under contracts.

Pep Guardiola insists he will NOT be held to ransom for £100m Wolves star Ruben NevesPA:Press Association3 Neves has starred for Wolves this season in their first season back in the Premier League
Pep Guardiola insists he will NOT be held to ransom for £100m Wolves star Ruben NevesAP:Associated Press3 Neves netted an exquisite winner to knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup last week

“A month ago, I started reading ‘Ruben Neves, £100m’. That’s not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder.”

Guardiola has bought Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez in the last two windows but is unlikely to do any business this month.

Replacing Fernandinho, who is 34 this summer, could well be the only piece of business they do in the close season.

Guardiola added: “In every position we have four, five or six options depending on age, what we believe and the price.

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“Our wage bill is eighth, ninth or tenth in Europe, so there are eight or nine clubs where the wages are higher. We try to be stable in everything.

“When we spent a lot last season it was because the team was old. But we can’t do it every season.”

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