Pep Guardiola has already insisted that his Manchester City side will be even better next season.
Fresh off winning his second league title in a row, the Spaniard isn’t ready to rest on his laurels.
“We will be better,” he said before City won the title with a 4-1 win at Brighton, per The Guardian.
“Next season we will be stronger. I am sure. We will be stronger. We will be better.”
Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and the rest – you have been warned.
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Even for a team that won 97 points this season, there is room for improvement.
Guardiola has always insisted that he wants two elite players in every position and his quest to fulfil this will continue in the summer.
Man City’s £200m spending spree
According to the Daily Mail, City are planning a summer spending spree that could cost them £200 million.
Guardiola wants to freshen up his squad by adding a defender, two midfielders and a striker. He’s already spent £547.28m since arriving in Manchester in 2016, per transferkmarkt.com, but he’s still not sitting back.
Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, one of the most sought-after prospects in Europe, has been the subject of conversations at the Etihad.
However, Guardiola is aware of City’s struggles when it comes to competing with Barcelona for players.
An alternative is Leicester’s Harry Maguire, who has an admirer in the form of the City manager.
In midfield, City are eyeing Atletico Madrid’s Rodri to provide competition to Fernandinho, who turned 34 this month.
Sporting director Txiki Begiristain recently made a personal check on the 22-year-old, who has a £60 million release clause.
Lyon’s Houssem Aouar also caught the eye with his performances against City during the Champions League group stage.
In attack, City have watched Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic and have an interest in Benfica’s 19-year-old sensation Joao Felix.
Jovic has been linked with a number of top clubs following his performances in the Bundesliga and Europa League this season.
The 21-year-old netted 17 goals in the league and added 10 more in Europe.
Felix, meanwhile, has drawn comparisons with former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka and is destined for the top.
Crashing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage will have also increased Guardiola’s desire to see money spent in the summer.
As will the threat of a transfer ban, which still looms over the club.
They could be prevented from signing players by FIFA for breaking rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership.