Manchester City spending to exceed £100m over the summer

Manchester City are expected to spend in excess of £100m this summer as Pep Guardiola looks to make his side the first to defend the Premier League title since Manchester United back in 2009, according to The Daily Mail.

It is understood that Guardiola is targeting a defensive midfielder and a winger, with his options in both positions currently limited.

The Spaniard is expected to be handed over £100m to strengthen his squad over the coming months, with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez key targets.

Guardiola’s reinforcements

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City celebrates victory with Raheem Sterling of Manchester City after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The report states that both Fred and Riyad Mahrez have been identified by Guardiola as his main transfer targets, with the club having already attempted to sign both players in previous windows.

In January, City made their move for Mahrez causing the player to go AWOL and forcing Guardiola to come out and criticise his actions.

However, The Mail understand that the Premier League champions will return for the Algerian in the summer as they look to find alternatives to Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

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Guardiola will prioritise signing a central midfielder this summer and have set their sights on signing Shakhtar midfielder Fred, who is also a target for city rivals United.

The 25-year-old has become one of the most highly sought-after midfielders in Europe this season having played a crucial part in helping his side to impressively reach the Champions League last-16.

LVIV, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 17: Fred and Frank Ribery during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Donbass Arena on February 17, 2015 in Lviv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Manchester City crowned champions

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

City romped to victory at Wembley on Saturday evening, comfortably seeing off a lacklustre Tottenham side 3-1 to achieve the three points needed to place the pressure on Manchester United who played the following day.

United were unable to follow up their win in last Saturday’s Manchester derby as they slumped to shock defeat at home to bottom-side West Bromwich Albion to hand their bitter rivals the title.

Guardiola’s side are now going in search of six Chelsea records achieved in a single season which include; highest Premier League points tally, most Premier League wins, most Premier League away wins, most Premier League goals, highest Premier League goal difference and most Premier League home goals.