It is no surprise Manchester City’s resources are the envy of the Premier League right now.
With Pep Guardiola in charge of a squad brimming with world-class talent in every position, the Sky Blues are shaping up as the team to beat this season.
City currently occupy top spot on the league table having dropped points only once so far this campaign in a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane leading into the international break.
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The result proves that the early leaders are far from invincible, and has prompted Guardiola to consider luring reinforcements to the Etihad in the near future.
The 45-year-old is set to go big in order to give City an edge in both domestic and European competition, with two big-name targets already said to be on his shortlist.
The Times reports the Premier League giants are willing to splash close to £100 million on a pair of new full-backs in Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and Jose Luis Gaya of Valencia.
It is thought City are prepared to offer £40 million for the Gunners’ star defender, while his compatriot would be allowed to leave the Mestalla if the £45 million release in his contract is met.
Guardiola – who has reportedly been interested in signing Bellerin for some time now – knows the 21-year-old from when the two were both at the Camp Nou.
Now with Gaya – 21 – identified as another target for the former Barcelona boss, it would appear he is intent on further reshaping the City defence having brought in Claudio Bravo and John Stones during the summer.
Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov are all on the wrong side of 30 these days, meaning the full-back role on both sides of the pitch will likely need replacing in a season or two.
Guardiola is clearly eager to act quickly, though, and has seemingly already identified two top candidates to become his first-choice options in each position.
Few would argue that £100 million is a fair price to pay for two of the most promising young defenders on the planet, but whether Arsenal and Valencia would be willing to let them go is an entirely different matter.