Pep Guardiola and Manchester City might break the Premier League’s spending record this summer.
The Citizens have been linked with Paul Pogba, Ilkay Gundogan and Sergio Busquets, and it’s expected an influx of players will arrive in the transfer window.
According to the Daily Mail, City scouts are currently eyeing a host of new players ahead of Guardiola’s imminent arrival.
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The 2014 Premier League champions are in desperate need of new faces following their end of season collapse.
It’s a good thing, then, that they are backed by incredibly wealthy owners who can afford to bring in four or five big-name signings in one window. We will run you through some of the names believed to be on Guardiola’s wish list.
Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain met with the Borussia Dortmund midfielder’s uncle (who is also his agent) in Amsterdam earlier this month. The chances of them discussing anything other than a transfer are probably slim.
A technically-gifted deep-lying midfielder, Weigl could be Guardiola’s Sergio Busquets. But the 20-year-old isn’t interested in leaving Dortmund just yet.
Speaking of Busquets, the Barcelona man has been linked with City ever since he admitted Guardiola could convince him to leave the Spanish giants. The 27-year-old went on to say, however, that he wants to stay in Catalonia.
And who can blame him?
City are interested in the Leicester defender, but so are Arsenal and Liverpool. Chilwell is 19-years-old and made his senior debut earlier this season.
Laporte is only 21-years-old, yet has managed to rack up close to 150 first-team appearances for Atletico Madrid. Ideally for Pep, he’s a ball-playing centre-back and would cost £39 million.
Stones’ shaky season at the heart of Everton’s defence has probably put off some suitors but it might have helped City if they are able to get him on a cut-price deal. The England international, linked with Chelsea last summer, is destined for the top despite his recent struggles.
Pogba is the kind of player City can now entice thanks to Guardiola. The powerful midfielder is arguably the hottest property in European football and Juventus would demand a transfer fee close to £100m.
Another player who suits Guardiola’s style. The Bayern Munich boss took Thiago with him to Germany from Barcelona and City fans would love to see him at the Etihad Stadium.
City’s poor form has left them battling to finish in the top four, and their transfer plans will need reconsidering if the club can only offer Europa League football next year.
Yet, with Guardiola in charge, they still remain incredibly attractive. Players are instantly drawn to the 45-year-old’s name, and that is why Manchester City have done so well to land him.
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