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Pep Guardiola targets Premier League pair in hunt for squad depth

Pep Guardiola targets Premier League pair in hunt for squad depth

Premier League pair Marc Cucurella and Kalvin Phillips are reportedly on Pep Guardiola’s shopping list this summer.

Manchester City will be crowned champions of England for the fourth time in five years on Sunday with a win over Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium, but still remain desperate to strengthen their side.

Fernandinho will be leaving the club on a free transfer, following nearly a decade of service in Manchester, while Benjamin Mendy remains on trial accused of rape and is almost certain to never play football again.

The latter issue has left Joao Cancelo and Oleskandr Zinchenko to fill in at left-back this season, while Fernandinho’s age has meant that he has racked up just 900 minutes in the top-flight.

To combat the first issue, the Cityzens are thought to be keen on Brighton’s Marc Cucurella, who has excelled at Brighton and Hove Albion this campaign after joining from Getafe.

Able to play as a left centre-back, left-back or left wing-back, the Spaniard previously spent time at Barcelona and seems to be a perfect fit, though it will likely take far more than the suggested £30m to persuade the Seagulls to part ways with their new cult hero.

Phillips also on the radar

Meanwhile, the Etihad side are ready to challenge Manchester United for the signing of Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United this summer, who will be available on the cheap should his side be relegated come Sunday evening.

With a price tag between £30m and £50m depending on the situation, the 26-year-old Englishman would certainly be a shrewd acquisition.

Despite having missed much of the season with injury, there will be plenty of interest in his services.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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1 Leeds United 0 0 0
2 Manchester City 0 0 0
3 Manchester United 0 0 0
4 West Ham United 0 0 0
5 Everton FC 0 0 0
6 Southampton FC 0 0 0
7 Chelsea FC 0 0 0
8 Arsenal FC 0 0 0
9 Newcastle United 0 0 0
10 Leicester City 0 0 0
11 Liverpool FC 0 0 0
12 Aston Villa 0 0 0
13 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0
14 Fulham FC 0 0 0
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0
16 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
17 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0
18 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0
19 AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0
20 Brentford FC 0 0 0

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De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
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