Pep Guardiola's transfer plans may have to alter due to two issues

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Pep Guardiola's plans to make further additions and alterations to Manchester City's squad for the upcoming 2016/17 Premier League season have been hit with several issues, according to The Mirror.

The Spanish boss has already acquired established talent in the form of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito from Borussia Dortmund and Celta Vigo respectively, as well as, 19-year-old Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko from FC Ufa, who is expected to be part of first-team plans.

Aaron Mooy and Geronimo Rulli have also joined, but the duo have been sent out on loan to Huddersfield Town and Real Sociedad.


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One of the main issues comes from this acquisition of foreign talent. Despite two of the City's five foreign signings this summer being loaned out, the club's roster still exceeds the maximum amount of foreign players aged 21 or over in a 25-man squad, which is 17.

Guardiola's side currently have 18, which means they have to try and sell the deadwood in their squad who hail from overseas.

Sadly, this presents City with another issue, the foreign players the new manager wants to be rid of may be more difficult to remove than first thought.

Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Fernandinho and Willy Caballero are all out of contract next summer and City are yet to offer them a new deal.

However, these players, who City hoped they could shift to add cash to their transfer war chest, may be reluctant to leave, because they will receive substantial loyalty bonuses if they leave on a free transfer next summer.

Other clubs have shown interest in these players, but they have become aware of the situation and recognise the financial benefits, which include a huge signing-on fee if they leave next summer too.

This situation has refocused City's transfer aspirations. They cannot shift the volume of foreign players required and because their quota in the department is full, they will have to turn their attention to homegrown talent in the Premier League.

Arsenal' Hector Bellerin, who despite being Spanish qualifies as homegrown, and Everton's John Stones are two players earmarked to be placed on Guardiola's radar.

Fortunately for City fans, the proposed deal for Leroy Sane would still go through as the German is only 20-years-old meaning he would not qualify as an overseas player.

Guardiola certainly has a task on his hand prior to the opening day of the season and it will be interesting to see how the Spanish tactician deals with his first English challenge.

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