This summer’s transfer window is set to become the most exciting in Premier League history.
With Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all getting new managers, while Arsenal, Liverpool, Leicester and Tottenham will all be hoping get a top-four finish - or even better.
While the transfer window doesn’t officially open until tomorrow, many clubs have already started doing business.
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That includes Pep Guardiola at City, who has already completed the signing of Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund.
Now, according to El Confidencial, the Spaniard is in advanced talks to sign Thiago Alcantara.
It’s hardly surprising to see Guardiola in for Alcantara having managed him at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich. In fact, the 24-year-old was Guardiola’s first purchase at the Allianz Arena back in 2013, but may have to settle for being his second signing at the Etihad - or maybe even third with the imminent arrival of Nolito.
Something that makes the deal even more likely is the fact that both Guardiola and Alcantara share the same agent, Pep’s brother Pere, and the midfielder once called the manager a “father figure.”
Guardiola’s stance has obviously changed from earlier in the month when the Manchester Evening News reported that the new City manager will reject a chance to join Alcantara despite Bayern being keen to sell him.
With Gundogan already arriving and Alcantara seemingly on his way, the futures of Brazilian duo Fernando and Fernandinho appear in doubt. Meanwhile, it’s still unclear as to where Yaya Toure sees his future with just one year remaining on his deal at the Citizens and a troubled history with Guardiola from his Barcelona days.