Guardiola plays down Manchester City interest in Wolves' Ruben Neves

Manchester City stars have arrived at training to go through their final preparations for Monday evening's game with Wolves. 
City are seven points behind league leaders Liverpool as they look to make up ground in their bid to retain their Premier League crown. 
Pep Guardiola's side secured a vital victory over their title rivals in their last league outing, and have notched up an incredible 16 goals in their last two fixtures against Rotherham and Burton. 
Those matches saw the likes of Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho given a break, but the pair are set to return this evening, and were both spotted arriving at the Etihad Campus as the squad went through their final preparations for the clash.
While he'll be happy at giving some of his key players a much needed rest, Pep Guardiola would welcome a few fresh faces at the Etihad, but admits that City are struggling to compete with the top teams for the top players. 
City were hopeful of landing Ajax starlet Frenkie De Jong, however their boss admits that even with their riches, the champions struggle to compete on the transfer front with the likes of Barcelona.
He even called upon one of Monday night's opponents to illustrate his point, talking about a recent link with midfielder Ruben Neves. 
 'I'm not talking about the case of the Ajax player because he is an Ajax player,' Guardiola said. 'But if you want one and many, many clubs want him it's more complicated, especially if it's Real Madrid or Barcelona.
'Normally when you are involved with Madrid and Barcelona you are going to lose. You have to be quicker and more efficient. I'm making a statement in general about when many teams want a player that it's more complicated.
'A month ago, I started reading: "Ruben Neves, £100m." That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder.
'The most expensive one was Riyad (Mahrez, for £60m) and he is far away from what the top teams pay. Our wage bill for the players is eighth, ninth or 10th in Europe. For next season midfield is an important target to find. It's not easy to find the specific quality of the players.' 
City will be wary of Monday's opponents, given their fine form against the best sides in the top flight this season. 
Wolves have already taken a point off City this season, holding them to a 1-1 draw at Molineux back in August. 
Their brand of counter-attacking football has seen them unbeaten against the Top Six on the road this season, picking up points at United and Arsenal, while beating Tottenham at Wembley.  

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