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Guardiola has big plans for City.

Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City chiefs they need eight new starters

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Pep Guardiola’s highly-anticipated arrival at Manchester City has somewhat gone under the radar in recent days.

What with all the news circulating Jose Mourinho's move to Manchester United at the moment, fans seem to have forgotten that another world-class manager will be gracing the Premier League next term.

And much like the Red Devils, big change is in the offing for City following a season where they just about clawed their way into the Champions League.

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Poor performances largely hindered the Citizens throughout the 2015/16 campaign, with a host of players set to be shown the exit door by Guardiola.

So much so that, according to the Mirror, the former Bayern Munich boss has told City chiefs that their squad needs eight - that’s right, eight - new starting players this summer.

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The dramatic overhaul set to ensue at the Etihad will cost somewhere in the region of £200 million, with each of Guardiola’s targets likely to set the club back '£25 million plus’.

Of City’s current squad, it’s believed the Spanish manager values Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho as guaranteed starters, whilst Vincent Kompany is a possible fourth.

A surprise exclusion from that four-man list is Joe Hart, but Guardiola is reportedly - and perhaps unsurprisingly - on the look out for a goalkeeper that’s comfortable on the ball i.e. Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan is expected to join in the coming weeks, whilst Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane are also prime targets for the two-time Premier League champions.

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From England’s top-flight, Guardiola is monitoring John Stones, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Rose.

Where Stones is concerned, the 21-year-old is also a target of United’s, and as for Arsenal duo Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain, they look set to stay after being pictured in the club's new home strip this week.

Rose, on the other hand, enjoyed a fine campaign for Tottenham and could be available for £15 million.

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One way or another, City’s squad will likely be unrecognisable when the new term starts in August.

Raheem Sterling is one of many seemingly worried about his future in Manchester and claims to be suffering a ‘crisis of confidence’.

The England international has struggled since signing for £49 million last summer and puts it down to the ‘two-touch’ style of play that Manuel Pellegrini implemented at City.

And to make matters worse, Guardiola favours the same approach, which means Sterling must adapt or face the axe.

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