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Manchester City to make yet another spending spree

Manchester City to make yet another spending spree

Bengaluru, May 15: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is planning a whopping £200million summer spree to freshen up Manchester City despite the potential threat of a transfer ban.

The Spaniard guided the club to a second-successive Premier League title on Sunday after they were pushed all the way to the wall by Liverpool in a thrilling race for the top spot.

Reports in England claim that the 48-year-old will waste no time in ensuring his side remain ahead of the pack by bolstering his squad. And he wants to add four players before next season with a defender, two midfielders and a striker his top priorities.

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The Sky Blues are looking for someone to take the burden off veteran Fernandinho in the middle of the park, and he has identified Atletico Madrid’s 22-year-old Rodri for this role.

City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain made a personal check on the Spanish star recently and are aware of his £60m release clause. The former Barcelona boss is also weighing up moves for two forwards.

The Cityzens have watched both 21-year-old Frankfurt ace Luka Jovic and Benfica’s 19-year-old Joao Felix. They will have a huge battle for the £50m-rated Jovic, with Real Madrid also keen, although his German club will look to resist all offers if they qualify for Europe again.

Guardiola has long-been linked with a swoop for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell. He remains a target, but today’s reports claim that Pep is instead prioritising a new centre-back. Chilwell’s team-mate Harry Maguire is a possibility with Guardiola a huge fan.

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar caught the eye against City earlier this season in the Champions League. That could lead to a move if Ilkay Gundogan departs The Etihad who is linked with a move to his homeland Germany with FC Bayern.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are currently being investigated by UEFA’s club financial control body into evidence surrounding an alleged £60million payments deception detailed during the Football Leaks scandal last autumn.

It has emerged that investigation will conclude next week, and will recommend a ban from European competition for at least a season. And that could also mean a transfer ban for the Cityzens, although that is unlikely to affect Guardiola’s plans this summer.

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Story first published: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 14:18 [IST]
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