Manchester City have every intention of strengthening their squad this summer and will hand boss Pep Guardiola a £200million transfer kitty.

The Spaniard has spent almost £450million in his two previous summer window’s, but City will finance more signings to achieve in their pursuit of Champions League glory.

The Daily Mirror report Guardiola is keen to strengthen in three positions this summer to ensure City remain the dominant force in English football and can compete on a European level.

A centre-back, defensive-midfielder and versatile forward are the three areas in the squad Guardiola is keen to improve. City have already identified targets and intend to shop in the market early, like last season, due to the World Cup starting in June and the transfer window closing two weeks earlier than usual.

Nice’s Jean-Michel Seri and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl are two of City’s midfield targets along with Napoli’s Jorginho and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian bulldozer, Fred. None of whom are expected to play in the World Cup for their respective countries.

In general, each midfield target is likely to cost City £40million and will replace Yaya Toure in the squad but also allow Fernandinho a much-needed rest next season.

Thomas Lemar of Monaco has been mentioned once again for City and could re-join former team-mate Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage. Any potential deal would cost City between £75million-£100million.

Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez is also mentioned and could cost similarly to Lemar should City return for the player they attempted to sign in January.

Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld could follow former team-mate Kyle Walker to the Etihad Stadium with Vincent Kompany’s fitness a concern and John Stones’ form deteriorating drastically.


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