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Pep Guardiola will target deals for Paul Pogba and John Stones

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Pep Guardiola's arrival at Manchester City was confirmed on Monday afternoon, meaning Tuesday's newspapers were inevitably filled with claims of his top transfer targets.

Indeed, one of the main reasons why the Spaniard agreed to join the Citizens would have been the sizable transfer budget on offer. He will spend a lot of money in the summer although talk of players like Robert Lewandowski and Leo Messi is probably going too far.

A report in the Daily Mail has suggested two potential transfer targets who are very much in Manchester City's grasp. It claims Juventus star Paul Pogba and Everton's John Stones will be targeted as part of a huge spending spree.

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Neither will come cheap – Pogba is valued at around £80m by the Serie A champions while Everton are hopeful of generating around £50m from the sale of Stones. That won't be a problem for the Citizens, who have been freed from the shackles of Uefa's failed Financial Fair Play experiment.

A raft of changes are expected in the squad with the likes of Yaya Toure, Martin Demichelis and even David Silva being linked with moves away from Eastlands in the summer. Big names will replace them as City go in search of success on the domestic and European stages.

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Pogba talks

Pogba would almost certainly be the biggest deal of the summer, but Man City also face the prospect of competing with both Barcelona and Real Madrid for his signature. Both La Liga clubs have long been credited with an interest in the Frenchman with the player himself believed to favour a move to Spain.

However, the chance to work under Guardiola will add significant weight to City's argument. Of course, it doesn't bare thinking about the way Manchester United fans would react to such a deal.

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Stones deal

Stones came so close to joining Chelsea last summer and even handed in a transfer request to try and force a move to Stamford Bridge. But, despite that, he has continued his progress under Roberto Martinez and is set to spark even more interest at the end of the season.

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