Pep Guardiola wants £50m January war chest with two signings planned – report

Pep Guardiola wants around £50million to reinforce his flourishing Manchester City squad as they aim for an unprecedented quadruple, Martin Blackburn of The Sun reports.

After the injury to Gabriel Jesus suffered against Crystal Palace, which will sideline him for a minimum of one month, the City is keen to land Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez early.

The possibility of Sanchez arriving in January was backed last night by famed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who reported that Arsenal have already identified Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Alexis’ replacement for this month, suggesting there is at least a chance of a deal being struck.

Sanchez would set City back around £25million this month, with their other option being to wait until June when his Arsenal contract expires, and take him for free.

With Vincent Kompany continuing to be injury prone, a centre-back is Guardiola’s other priority, and Martin Blackburn names Iñigo Martínez, the frequently linked Real Sociedad defender, and newly-linked Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti, as targets.

With a £28million release clause, Martínez would seem a very attainable January signing and stay within the budget of around £50million, but Umtiti alone would cost £53million were he to swap Barcelona for Manchester. The prospect of such a deal in January, particularly with Umtiti ineligible to play for City in the Champions League this season should he move, seems unlikely.

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