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Manchester City prepare £150m summer transfer spree

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Pep Guardiola has already outlined three major transfer targets for next summer with Manchester City ready to hand him a massive £150million to sign them.

According to The Mirror, the Middle East consortium behind the Citizens is fully prepared to invest another huge sum in next year's pre-season transfer market even after their hefty investment this term.

City spent more than any other Premier League club this past summer with transfer fees totaling £175m on the likes of Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan and Claudio Bravo. 

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However, Guardiola is already eyeing up some major improvement for his squad, especially after their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

While they may be top of the Premier League, Guardiola has consistently played down their chances of winning the Champions League but believes another summer of heavy spending may be able to get them there.

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Here we take a look at the three players he wants

Leonardo Bonucci | Juventus | £60m

With doubts over the future of Vincent Kompany, City will be looking for one of the world's best defenders to replace him next summer and see Bonucci as the man to fill that role. 

The centre-back has also been linked with Chelsea in recent days but Guardiola is preparing to blow Antonio Conte out of the water by offering what would be a world-record amount of money for a defender.

Juventus would loathe to lose their key man and won't let him leave without a fight. Equally, the Italian is thought to be happy to continue under Massimiliano Allegri for the foreseeable future.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Borussia Dortmund | £50m

The speedy Gabon striker would be a dream signing for most Premier League fans, except, perhaps, City, who already enjoy the services of a world-class hitman in Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine has scored eight goals in just seven starts for City this season but has, once again, struggled to keep himself fit.

That may be why Guardiola sees a partner in crime as a priority. Aubameyang has started the campaign off in fine fashion too with seven goals in seven starts and is widely considered to be up there with Aguero.

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Hector Bellerin | Arsenal | £40m

Another rapid player who Guardiola desperately wants. With Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta both well into their thirties, a new right-back is a priority and the Spanish manager is looking no further than Bellerin.

With a Catalan history, working with Guardiola is surely a temptation for the 21-year-old, but Arsenal are working hard to tie him down to a new contract. The Mirror have him valued at £40m but a few more fine performances could see that rise further.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Hector Bellerin
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Manchester City
Leonardo Bonucci
Juventus
Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund

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