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Manchester City ready to spend again in January and strengthen squad

Pep Guardiola will be handed funds to strengthen his Manchester City squad in January, according to a report by ESPN.

City invested heavily in the summer on the likes of İlkay Gündoğan, Nolito, John Stones and Leroy Sané, while also spending a considerable amount on players for the future, such as Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Marlos Moreno.

However, should Guardiola identify any areas of the squad in need of urgent strengthening, City bosses will have no hesitation in further investment on talent, ESPN reports.

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud and Bayern Munich superstar Arturo Vidal are two midfielders to have been linked, while another attempt for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been mentioned in the press.

Upgrading the full-back areas could also appeal to Pep, after poor performances from Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov against Spurs last weekend. Benfica left-back, Álex Grimaldo, is one name to have been linked, but ESPN states that City currently have no interest in the 21-year-old.

Arsenal right-back Héctor Bellerín has been heavily linked lately, but there would be no chance of prising him from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

City have signed only one player in the January window in the last five years, Wilfried Bony from Swansea, and will not panic buy, but if realistic targets are available, the Blues could dip into the market.

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