Laporte to Man City: Guardiola continues huge defence spending

Manchester City's evolution under Pep Guardiola is most readily associated with free-flowing attacking football, but Aymeric Laporte's arrival for a club-record £57million from Athletic Bilbao continues a remarkable run of spending big at the other end of the pitch.

This trend goes back to Manuel Pellegrini's time in charge and was accelerated last year as Guardiola upgraded his full-back options.

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