Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City cannot win a quadruple – because the cash required is beyond even them.
City, who are 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League and still in three knockout competitions, have spent more than £300million on players in the 18 months since Guardiola became their manager.
The outlay could also increase before Wednesday’s transfer deadline with City understood to be in talks to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, who has a £60million buy-out clause.
Despite this, Guardiola still does not think his squad is of sufficient depth and quality to land all four of the prizes for which they are competing.
“When you are in four competitions, fighting to be there, sometimes you have to be lucky in terms of injuries or have 22 top players.
“But to have 22 players, you need – people maybe don’t believe me – money we do not have.
“To compete in a high level you need 22 top players. Today, 22 top players is so expensive. You cannot buy. Even City.
“There are salaries we cannot pay and there are transfers we cannot pay.”