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Manchester City plan to blitz rivals with spending spree

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Manchester City are ready to rival any Premier League club for the signatures of English starlets Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw, and Jamall Lascalles this summer, with the Daily Mail reporting that they are desperate to buy British in a long-term shift of transfer strategy.

Manuel Pellegrini's side met their quota of homegrown stars this season by naming nine stars that fit Premier League rules, including Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Joe Hart and Jack Rodwell.

A number of those players no longer figure in City manager Manuel Pellegrini's plans though, with Lescott in particular definitely leaving the Etihad this summer when his contract expires.

The Mail believe that City are ready to implement a radical change to their recruitment policy and want top British talent to build their side around in the long-term, with Saints star Shaw at the top of their shopping list.

Shaw's performances for Southampton this season has alerted close to every Premier League team to his class, but City are ready to beat Manchester United and Chelsea to his signature, while Everton wonderkid Ross Barkley is also on their transfer shortlist.

Barkley and Nottingham Forest youngster Jammal Lascelles have been identified as British players talented enough to make an impact on their star-studded squad, but capturing all three stars will likely cost City close to a whopping £100m.

City are also attempting to close a deal for French international Eliaquim Mangala, with title challengers given an early warning that Pellegrini will spend big during the close season to reshape his squad in an effort to compete for silverware on all fronts next term.

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