Judging by Bayern Munich’s recent results, Pep Guardiola may already be casting an eye towards his future job at Manchester City.
The German club have won just once in their previous four matches in all competitions with their manager knowing that he will be swapping to Allianz Arena for the Eithad at the end of the season.
And you couldn’t blame him if he has already started spending the large transfer budget in his head that he is set to be given.
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And according to The Sun, the Spaniard knows the two players he wants to kickstart his shopping spree: John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.
The Bayern boss is obviously keen to start rebuilding the City squad from back to front, with the side being unconvincing defensively at times this season.
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The Citizens have conceded 31 goals this league campaign - more than Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Southampton, Watford and the same as Leicester.
They have struggled massively in the absence of their captain Vincent Kompany in the heart of the back four despite having the capable Joe Hart in goal.
Kompany is in desperate need of a solid centre-back partner. Martin Demichelis is now 35, while Otamendi doesn't look the player City splashed £30 million on.
And the less said about £31.8 million purchase Eliaquim Mangala the better.
Laporte, who plays for Athletic Bilbao, has a £40 million release clause which City could choose to activate in the summer.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has made 100 league appearances already for the Spanish club and has impressed this season.
Stones to leave Everton?
Like last summer, there is bound to be plenty of speculation linking Stones with a move away from Everton.
The Toffees managed to resist Chelsea’s attempts to sign the 21-year-old but, given Everton’s relatively disappointing campaign, it’s unlikely Roberto Martinez can convince him to stay this time around.
The Blues bid £38 million for Stones last year and a similar offer will probably be enough to sign him.
Chelsea look unlikely to qualify for European football next season, meaning City will certainly have the upper hand if the two clubs do battle for the talented defender - not to mention the prospect of playing under one of the best coaches in world football.
Guardiola has hit the ground running at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich and will be looking to do the same in Manchester.
He won three consecutive league titles at the Nou Camp when he first joined and has won two Bundesliga trophies in his first two seasons in Bavaria.
His side’s 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund at the weekend keeps them five points clear with just nine matches remaining as he goes in search of his sixth league title in seven seasons as a manger.
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