Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp hit out at Chelsea's January spending

Bitter Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp hit out at Chelsea’s £323m January spend as Man City boss jibes about ‘not being a state club’ and Liverpool’s manager says he’ll say ‘nothing without my lawyer’

  • Chelsea spent £323m in the January window including on Enzo Fernandez 
  • Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have both questioned Chelsea’s high spending 
  • Liverpool spent £44m during the January window and City forked out just £8m

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have been left baffled to as how Chelsea were able to spend £323m during the January transfer window.

After a month of massive spending, the Blues wrapped up their business with Enzo Fernandez from Benfica on deadline day, who joined for a British record £107m fee.

Liverpool meanwhile spent just £44m on Cody Gakpo, while Man City forked out only £8m for 20-year-old Argentine midfielder Maximo Perrone.

Guardiola, ahead of City’s trip to Tottenham on Sunday, defended his side’s heavy spending in recent seasons, and also admitted he was surprised as Chelsea are not a ‘state club’.

Klopp in his own press conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Wolves, said he’d say nothing without his lawyer. 

Chelsea forked out an eye-watering £323m on new players during the January window

Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have hit out at Chelsea’s heavy spending ahead of their respective Premier League games this weekend

Klopp told the media: ‘I say nothing without my lawyer. I don’t understand this part of the business but it’s a big number.

‘They are all really good players so congratulations. I don’t understand how it’s possible, but it’s not for me to explain how it works.’

Guardiola used his press conference to defend criticism regarding his team’s spending over recent seasons.

He repeated statements he made last month about City only being ‘fifth or sixth’ in the Premier League’s net spending in recent seasons. 

Asked about Chelsea he said: ‘(It’s) None of my business. It’s a surprise because it’s not a state club. We won 11 titles in the last five years being one of the five or six net spend teams in the league.’

When asked how people would react City if paid out how much Chelsea spent, he said: ‘I know what would happen.

‘What I said, being the last fifth or sixth in the Premier League being net spending, we won 11 trophies – four Premier Leagues in five years.

What Chelsea have done is none of my business. We know what we are working to. What Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, United, without good players you have to spend.

Chelsea have spent a massive amount of money since Todd Boehly took over the club

Chelsea made eight signings during the January transfer window including Joao Felix on loan

Guardiola when asked about Chelsea, defended his side over criticism on their spending

‘Now the market is wow. What they do is not my business. There are regulations, I don’t forget, eight or nine teams send a letter to be banned. We are the fifth team in net spend.

In total, Chelsea made eight new signings during the January window – one of which being Joao Felix on loan.

Other players who came through the door included Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, David Datro Fofana, Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke and Malo Gusto.

The new signings could give Chelsea an edge over Liverpool in the Premier League – with the Reds only ahead on goal difference, albeit, nine in the table.

Man City meanwhile are five points off leaders Arsenal in the race for the title. 

Liverpool spent just £44m in the January window on Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven

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