Five players Pep Guardiola should take with him to Manchester City

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For this season at least, Manchester City seem to have shot themselves in the foot by revealing Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini as manager this summer.

Since the announcement, City's results have taken a nose dive and now Guardiola will have a significant rebuilding job to do when he arrives at the Etihad.

Thankfully, the Citizens have the sort of cash required to deliver such an overhaul. Here are five players that Guardiola could and should look to take with him.


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Aymeric Laporte

With City looking to offload Eliaquim Mangala this summer - likely at a huge loss - they are going to need defensive reinforcements.

And according to reports in the Manchester Evening News, they are looking to secure just that with the signing of Athletic Bilbao centre-back, Aymeric Laporte.

The 21-year-old, who has also been linked with Manchester United, is believed to have a £39.6 million release clause in his contract which either side would have to pay fully to secure his services.

Laporte may be young, but he has been an ever-present for Bilbao for as many as three seasons now. He is vastly experienced for a player of his age and would likely welcome teaming up with Vincent Kompany at the heart of City’s defence.

Paul Pogba

Rumours of Pogba moving away from Juventus are getting a little bit tiresome now, but with Guardiola definitely moving to the Etihad this summer, the Frenchman could just decide to join him.

The midfield powerhouse is one of football’s hottest properties, so if City managed to secure his signature it would be a huge statement of intent from the board as they welcome their new manager.

Pogba has enjoyed yet another stellar season for the Old Lady this campaign, which has seen his value considerably increase. A potential spanner in the works could be that Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta recently stated they will try to keep hold of Pogba beyond the summer.

Nevertheless, City are a club with very deep pockets indeed and with Juventus unlikely to hold onto the France international forever, it might be better to swoop sooner rather than later.

Thiago Alcantara

Since joining the Barcelona youth setup in 2005, Thiago has followed Guardiola wherever he has travelled and to much success.

However, following his 2013 move to Bayern Munich, the Spaniard has missed out on more than a year's worth of action through injury and resulted in a somewhat frustrating spell at the Allianz-Arena.

Thiago seems to have finally rid himself of his injury woes this time around, though, and has seen an extended run in the first team. His time on the treatment table will have likely reduced his asking price - something Guardiola should look to take advantage of.

N’Golo Kante

Kante is far from the flashiest name on this list, but it's a measure of his performances for Leicester City this season that he is being linked with the Citizens.

The midfield enforcer is gradually starting to receive the recognition he deserves amidst an excellent season that has seen Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez rightly steal all the headlines.

Doubt surrounds whether he'll be another one-season wonder and fail to replicate such heroics next campaign, but considering he wouldn't demand an astronomical transfer fee, it might be a risk worth taking for City.

David Alaba

Under the guidance of Guardiola in Bavaria, Alaba has developed into one of the world’s most formidable and consistent defensive players.

And he's made no secret of the fact he holds the Spanish manager in very high regard, which could pay dividends in any potential pursuit.

"He pushes everybody, every day, in a good way," he said, as per the Guardian.

"Especially me. I’ve been getting better with every year he’s been here, because of him. But I didn’t know myself that I could play as a central defender."

Alaba has established himself an accomplished centre-back this season, adding to the number of positions he can play in. Such versatility would be ideal for a City side lacking at both centre and left-back and Guardiola would be wise to try signing him.

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