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Guardiola wants Wilshere.

Jack Wilshere is at the top of Pep Guardiola's transfer list

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With Jose Mourinho and Manchester United dominating the headlines, it’s easy to forget that there’s also another Manchester club that have a new manager.

Of course, Pep Guardiola will also arrive in the city this summer after leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Guardiola’s task at the Etihad is similar to that of Mourinho’s at Old Trafford - attempting to turn the club back into title challengers.

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To do that, the Spaniard will be spending big.

The Citizens are likely to hand Guardiola a hefty transfer budget and he’s already secured his first signing - Ilkay Gundogan for a reported £21 million.

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Centre-midfield is certainly a position that Guardiola needs to improve with Yaya Toure likely to leave in the coming months.

After the signing of Gundogan, Guardiola has identified a surprise choice as his next transfer target.

The Sun are reporting that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere tops the list with Guardiola desperate to add the 24-year-old to their ranks.

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Although Wilshere to City seems a strange move at first, it certainly makes sense after giving it some thought.

The midfielder is suited to Guardiola’s philosophy with his playing style being more Spanish than English.

Also, with City only having three senior English players in their squad - Joe Hart, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling - Guardiola is keen to bring more Englishmen to make the quota for the Champions League.

In the 25-man squad in Europe, 17 players can be foreign but at least half of the homegrown players must have spent at least three years at an English club between the ages of 15 and 21.

With the likes of Aymeric Laporte expected to join Gundogan at Manchester City this summer, the number of foreign stars is only likely to increase.

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This makes the need for quality English talent like Wilshere ever greater.

But Arsenal are unlikely to want to sell to a Premier League rival. Arsene Wenger has already added Granit Xhaka to their midfield this summer and, after Wilshere missed the majority of the campaign through injury, will be hoping the pair can form a solid partnership in the middle of the park.

But when one of the best managers in world football - Guardiola - comes knocking, it may be hard to say no.

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