Manchester City are never usually short on cash when it comes to the transfer window, but recently, they have seemed more cautious than usual.
In January, the club refused to meet Alexis Sanchez’s wage demands and the Chilean ended up joining Manchester United.
A similar occurrence happened that same month, with City opting against paying Leicester City £95m for Riyad Mahrez, as reported by The Guardian.
Pep Guardiola finally got his man, but he had to wait until this summer to secure a deal for the Algerian international, and the cost was around £60m, according to BBC Sport.
City were thought to be on the verge of signing midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, but the deal fell apart and the Italian ended up signing for Chelsea.
Alternatives have now come to light, one of which being Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic, who’s price has now reportedly been lowered.
On Sunday, Marca reported that Los Blancos will take around £44.6m for the three-time Champions League winner, who struggled for regular game time this season.
It seems that some City fans are much more receptive to that figure.