Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness spoke about a conversation he had apparently had with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
“My friend Pep told me what happens when he wants a player who costs €100m,” he is reported to have said at a financial fair.
“He gets some videos of the player and flies to see the Sheikh [Mansour]. Then there is an opulent meal, you look over the videos and the Sheikh transfers the sum.
“I’m proud that in such cases we aren’t going to the credit department but the bank’s fixed-income department.”
City have, in fact, never signed a player that costs anywhere close to €100m – Riyad Mahrez is their most expensive signing.