Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly wants to shore up his ranks with at least four new arrivals this summer – a spending spree that possibly will exceed £200million.
And the Spanish boss, whose treble-chasing City team face Watford in the FA Cup final this weekend, (after guiding his team to a second successive Premier League title on Sunday) is already looking ahead to next season.
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The Daily Mail reports that Guardiola wants to add a defender, two midfielders and a striker to his ranks.
City captain Vincent Kompany is yet to agree a contract extension at the Etihad, Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala could leave, thus leaving Guardiola to turn his attention to reinforcements in central defence.
Leicester City ’s Harry Maguire is one of the targets (though he is also wanted by Manchester United), while Ajax’s teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt is among the option.
But, De Ligt is rumoured to be closing in on a move to Barca, so City may well shift their attention to other targets.
The former Barcelona manager had been eyeing Maguire’s Foxes team-mate Ben Chilwell, but it is believed he’s cancelled that chase so he can focus on his quest of a new centre back.
Another ageing City player is Fernandinho, and Guardiola sees Atletico Madrid central midfielder as a long-term replacement for the Brazilian.
They’ve long been touted with a move for the Spain international, who has a release clause of £60m and are understood to be prioritising that move.
Another midfielder City are targeting is Lyon’s creative midfielder Houssem Aouar, and they may step up that chase should Ilkay Gundogan depart.
In the strikers’ role, Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, who scored in his side’s Europa League defeat at Chelsea last week, is among the targets.
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The Premier League champions are also keeping an eye on Joao Felix’s situation at Benfica, although the Portuguese teenager is also wanted by some other European clubs including Juventus.
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