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Manchester City are set to rival Barcelona for Bayern Munich star [Sport]

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After flattering to deceive for much of last season, Pep Guardiola decided he needed to spend big in the summer in order to collate a title winning team.

The Spaniard ended up spending roughly £200 million, and their ambition in the transfer market has paid off in the opening few months of this campaign.

After a dominant start to the season, which has already seen them open up a five point gap at the top of the table, Jurgen Klopp even claimed that Man City would win the title by January.

However, despite the success of his team, Guardiola was quick to brush aside those comments.

The former Barcelona manager said: "You are English and have been watching football for a long time, have you ever known a team win the title in January? Me neither. 

“We want to try to win against Arsenal in our Premier League game next Sunday at home and we want to try to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday (against Napoli). That is our next target.”

Despite their recent success, Guardiola seems intent on adding to his squad in January.

The three time Premier League Champions are expected to renew their interest in Alexis Sanchez in January, but they are also rumoured to be interested in a move for a Bayern Munich star.

According to SportBild, Guardiola is weighing up a move for German defender, Joshua Kimmich.

Guardiola previously managed the German when he was in charge of Bayern, and is keen on teaming up with him again in Manchester.


Predominantly a right-back but also capable of playing at centre-midfield, Kimmich has thrived for Bayern since signing from RB Leipzig in 2015.

However, Man City will have to fend off competition from Barcelona, who have reportedly been impressed with the German's versatility.

And Bayern's sporting director, Michael Reschke, has hinted that it would take a considerable offer to tempt Bayern to sell their the 22-year-old.

Reschke said: "I believe that FC Bayern wouldn’t give Jo up even for 50 million euros."

If Man City do secure the services of Kimmich, it will further strengthen a side that look almost unstoppable at the moment.

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