'Complain for everything' - Pep Guardiola makes Saudi Pro League...
'Complain for everything' - Pep Guardiola makes Saudi Pro League transfer claim after Jurgen Klopp concern

'Complain for everything' - Pep Guardiola makes Saudi Pro League transfer claim after Jurgen Klopp concern

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested there is a sense of hypocrisy from Premier League clubs when complaining about the recent lure of Saudi Arabia. Clubs across Europe have felt the full effect of the new-found riches of the Saudi Pro League, with the likes of Neymar Jr, Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kante and Ruben Neves among some of the most high-profile names to move to the Gulf State. Meanwhile, saw end his eight-year at the club stay to join Al Ahli, though that came before the shock departures of and , who left Anfield for a combined fee of £53m to join Al Ettifaq and Al Ittihad respectively. has been one of the Premier League's more outspoken managers on the disruption of the Saudi Pro League, with the Reds boss using press conferences in recent weeks to express his concern about the competition's transfer window not closing until six days after most European markets close on September 1. However, Guardiola used his press conference on Friday afternoon to offer an alternative view of the Pro League's rise to prominence and insisted clubs across the continent have been quick to roll out the "red carpet" in the hope of receiving inflated fees for some of their players. "Everyone complains about Saudi Arabia, but when Saudi Arabia knocks on the door, all clubs open the door, red carpet...," said Guardiola. "They say, 'what do you want my friend? I'll sell everything!'... So happy! Ah... complain for everything, but everyone opens the door!” In the aftermath of both Henderson and Fabinho's departures, Liverpool tabled a British record offer of £111m for Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo. And despite the Ecuadorian opting to join Chelsea instead, Klopp insisted the Reds' offer was only feasible as a result of their earlier summer departures. "We are a club that does not have endless resources, and some things we didn’t expect happening in the summer," said Klopp. "Hendo [Henderson], Fab [Fabinho], we didn’t think about these things [selling them] before the summer to be honest. “Then it happened and we gave it a go and the club was really stretched, to be honest. I cannot and will not share any more than that. Let’s see what happens and then we go from there."

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