The arrival of Pep Guardiola in Manchester City is good news for the club, but perhaps bad news for the club’s accountant, who will seemingly spend most of the summer writing cheques.
The Telegraph report today that City are willing to spend around £150m on transfers, and that some of those funds could be defrayed by the sales of Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala.
The article claims that Pep wants John Stones or Aymeric Laporte, as well as a new forward, a central midfielder, and multiple full-backs or wingers.
Pep’s system tends to rely on multi-functional wide players, who can contribute in attack and defence, and City are willing to let Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas go to make room in the squad.
Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan is a possible midfield target, though Paul Pogba would be a dream signing, to replace Yaya Toure, whose agent has suggested an exit is on the cards. If Toure stays, he may well be dropped into the backline, the position the Catalan used him when he was at Barcelona, or in the same role that Xabi Alonso has filled at Bayern.