Pep Guardiola will be a busy man at Manchester City this summer. The Spaniard is likely to take advantage of the vast sums of cash available at the Etihad to transform the squad into one he deems capable of playing his brand of tika-taka football.
Of course, he still has quite a job on his hands at Bayern Munich. The German giants are still fighting on three fronts with the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League in their sights. However, that doesn't mean he has not already started planning for life in Eastlands.
According to the Mirror, Guardiola has been in touch with City executives to request his first signing as manager. He wants 19-year-old Dutch sensation Riechedly Bazoer, who is valued at £24million by his club Ajax.
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It will not be as easy as handing over the money, however, as their Premier League rivals Chelsea are believed to be in advanced talks to sign Bazoer. The player's agent – his brother, Irchandley – was reported to have visited Chelsea's Cobham training ground last week to hold talks with technical director Michael Emenalo.
Despite the fact the he was left impressed with the facilities and the vision for the future, there was, naturally, some reservations over the uncertainty surrounding the manager's position. Guus Hiddink is currently the interim manager and there is no confirmation over his long-term replacement.
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Italy head coach Antonio Conte has been strongly linked with the role while former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone have all been linked. All, of course, are world-class managers but none have the kind of pulling power of Guardiola.
And City are hoping that the presence of the former Barcelona coach will give them an edge in the race for Bazoer's signature even though Chelsea currently lead it by quite a stretch.
The same report claims Guardiola has already watched Bazoer many times and has drawn a comparison between him and Frank Rijkaard. But Hiddink, himself a legendary figure in Dutch football, will be doing his best to get the deal over the line despite the fact he will never take advantage of Bazoer's talent. His reputation within the country will surely have a big influence in Bazoer's thought process.
But is he worth all this fuss?
Despite his tender years, Bazoer is already a first-team regular at the Amsterdam Arena and has even made his senior bow for the Netherlands. He has scored four goals and conjured a further three assists in the Eredivisie this season, helping to keep them within touching distance of league leaders PSV Eindhoven.
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