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Pep Guardiola prepared to pay £70 million for La Liga superstar

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Pep Guardiola spent just over £140 million in the summer as the 45-year-old, widely regarded as the best manager in the world, took over at Manchester City.

After a stunning display to beat Barcelona 3-1 on Tuesday, City failed to kill off newly-promoted Middlesbrough on Saturday, which makes it three successive 1-1 draws in the league at the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero scored his 150th goal for City in the game against 'Boro, however, as Owen Hargreaves argued on BT Sport, they lack another natural goalscorer, with youngster Kelechi Iheanacho the only other central striking option - but Guardiola seems ready to change that.

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According to The Sun, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss wants Antoine Griezmann and is prepared to offer a whopping £70 million to sign the 25-year-old.

Sensational Griezmann

Since moving to Atletico Madrid in 2014, Griezmann has been outstanding and firmly established himself as one of Europe's best players, scoring 25 and 32 goals in his first two seasons respectively.

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The France international, who strangely never played a single game in domestic French football, finished Euro 2016 not only as the top scorer but also as the Player of the Tournament, and he's began this campaign by registering eight goals in 13 appearances for Diego Simeone's men.

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Should the Spanish side become willing to sell the prolific winger-turned-striker, it's believed that Guardiola will rival Manchester United and Chelsea to acquire him, both of whom have been long-term admirers of the Frenchman.

Talented Brazilian forward Jesus Gabriel will arrive at City in January, but with Aguero's new contract at the club yet to be announced, the Citizens seem to be in the market for a big-name centre-forward to ease the pressure on their 28-year-old Argentinian.

They were strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the last transfer window, and The Sun report that Guardiola will make a mega-money move for Griezmann next summer, who could be tempted to swap La Liga for the Premier League.

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La Liga
Football
Premier League
Manchester City
Sergio Aguero
Barcelona
Bayern Munich

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