Manchester City are considering a surprise double swoop for Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson according to the Daily Mail.
They also remain keen on a move for Paul Pogba, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United, in the summer while a move for Raheem Sterling remains an option.
The Citizens are likely to undergo something of a squad overhaul at the end of the current campaign with their hopes of defending their Premier League title hanging by a thread following the 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Monday.
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The Daily Mail report that Manchester City are looking to add more English talent to their squad, and have identified Wilshere and Henderson as the men for the job.
Wilshere has struggled once more at Arsenal this season and could face an uncertain future if Arsene Wenger opts to bolster his options in midfield once more. The 23-year-old has started just seven Premier League games this season, and has only played more than 30 games in the league on one occasion, back in 2010/11.
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The England ace has been out of action since November having undergone surgery in November.
Henderson is likely to be more difficult to lure away from Liverpool given his new-found status as a senior figure at Anfield. However recent reports have suggested that he is demanding a £100,000-per-week offer before committing his future to the club, and Chelsea are said to be monitoring developments. The 24-year-old is approaching the final year of his contract at Anfield and the Mail say Manchester City would need to offer over £30 million.
Liverpool are in a similar situation with Raheem Sterling who has turned down one bumper contract offer and has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea too.
Manchester City may make a move for the England winger in the summer, although the Mail reported yesterday that Liverpool would be looking for a fee of £50 million to let their star player leave.
It seems as though Manchester City are willing to do battle with Manchester United for Paul Pogba too. The Juventus ace is likely to be the subject of a giant transfer battle this summer and will fetch a fee in the region of £60 million.
Manchester City need a new lease of life; their Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona showed them as an ageing team in need of a revamp.
Henderson would be a canny buy but it would be a huge gamble to take on Wilshere, who has struggled seriously with injury for some time now. Pogba is of course one of the premier midfielders in Europe but is wanted by almost every major club in Europe.