Manchester City chiefs are ready to spend in the region of €300 million this summer to give Pep Guardiola the squad he wants to compete on all fronts, according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.
We hear many such stories about City being ready to spend huge, and this one comes from Bruno Andrade, a Brazilian journalist with a good reputation for transfer stories.
It was the same journalist who broke the news that Manchester City were getting serious again about Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, and not surprisingly he is named by Andrade as one of the primary summer targets. The report states that talks are ongoing between the English and Italian clubs, and that a deal could soon be closed for €50 million (£43 million).
The other specific target named is the exciting Kylian Mbappé of Monaco, perhaps the most in-demand player in European football. City had a €40 million (£34 million) bid rejected last summer for the youngster and this fresh report states that another bid, this time of €85 million (£73 million), has also been knocked back. City have been informed only a world record fee of €120 million (£103 million) will convince the principality side to sell their most valuable asset.
A host of young signings to arrive as Pep Guardiola looks to create a squad in his image, meaning many veterans will be on their way out, including the one City supporters said farewell to last night, Pablo Zabaleta. Gaël Clichy and Bacary Sagna also look certain to go, while the futures of club legend Yaya Touré, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero are still in doubt.
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