Manchester City are planning a huge turnover in playing staff in anticipation of Pep Guardiola's summer arrival, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The Bayern Munich boss hasn't yet decided which Premier League team to take charge of, but City chiefs are confident the Spaniard will reject Manchester United and Chelsea, and agree to replace current manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Alongside this, the club are plotting major inbound and outbound moves that complement Guardiola's playing style. The article claims that John Stones is a major big-money target, although there's expected to be stiff competition from both home and abroad. Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala are poised to leave, whilst Yaya Toure's future in unclear after his agent's recent criticism of Guardiola's achievements. Sold by Pep at Barcelona, there's a chance of history repeating itself.
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Director of football Txiki Begiristain is looking at options all around Europe, but could make a surprise move for Leicester City's record-breaking Jamie Vardy. The 29-year-old scored in 11 consecutive Premier League games earlier this season and may see this as his only chance to play for a Champions League side.
Guardiola would like Thomas Muller to bring his 'raumdeuter' qualities to the Ethiad Stadium, providing support for Sergio Aguero, but believes this is unlikely. Recruiting Ilkay Gundogan for midfield is an option under consideration.
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Other expected departures include wingers Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri, who insiders believe don't contribute enough to City's attacking play. The Frenchman would like to stay, but may have little choice. Centre back Martin Demichelis will leave when his contract expires.
Despite having depth at full-back - Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov - City want overlapping width and threat from the flanks. It's an area of weakness which is expected to be fixed.
A quiet January is expected for Pellegrini's side, although a fee has been agreed for Central Coast Mariners' 23-year-old midfielder Anthony Caceres, who will then be loaned out.
Man City fans - which signings would you make to start the Guardiola revolution? Feel free to let us know below.