Pep Guardiola will take over from Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City this summer and football fans are already speculating over which players the revered Catalan coach will sign ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.
The 45-year-old will be handed plenty of cash to make it *his* squad, and certain members of the City squad who are beginning to fear for their futures at the Etihad Stadium could be forgiven.
Catalan newspaper Sport have released the supposed line-up that Guardiola wants next season - and it will involve signing six big-name, expensive players. But no, Lionel Messi is not in the projected line-up. (Scroll down this page to see Pep’s ideal Manchester City line-up).
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The five existing Manchester City players in the XI are right-back Pablo Zabaleta, attacking midfielder David Silva, wide-men Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, and Sergio Aguero upfront.
So, that’s no space for the likes of Joe Hart, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Wilfried Bony or even captain Vincent Kompany.
Pep's dream Man City XI
How much will these players cost?
Hart would be replaced by Barcelona’s current first-choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who would cost around €15 million, according to Sport’s report.
Pep will try to convince David Alaba to join him at Manchester City from Bayern Munich - although that deal will cost the Citizens around €30 million.
And the club’s new-look centre-back pairing will be comprised of Everton’s John Stones (€30 million) and Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte (€40 million).
Marco Verratti is the ball-playing central midfielder that Guardiola wants - the Italy international will cost around €60 million - while Paul Pogba would be the highest-profile signing.
The French midfielder would set City back around €80 million - although the Daily Mail have revealed today that he would prefer a move to Spain over England this summer.
Other names reportedly on Pep’s radar are Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Paulo Dybala from Juve.
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