Pep Guardiola is set to exceed the £600m mark in spending at Manchester City as the Spaniard looks to address the club’s European failures and consolidate on their domestic success this summer, according to The Telegraph.
Having been humiliated in the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool, as they were thumped 5-1 on aggregate, Guardiola is keen to strengthen his squad yet further, despite having already spent £450m since arriving at the Etihad back in June 2016.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is hopeful of adding a defensive midfielder and a versatile forward.
Defensive midfielder search
The Telegraph understand that City have identified Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, Napoli’s Jorginho and Nice’s Jean-Michel Seri as midfield targets.
The report also claims that all four would cost in excess of £40m, however, this is not a price that would deter the Premier League leaders.
The Sky Blues have made signing a defensive midfielder this summer their top priority with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure currebntly their only options.
Thomas Lemar chase
City are set to return for AS Monaco forward Thomas Lemar this summer, with the club have pursued a deal for the French winger last summer.
Having already dealt with the reigning French champions after completing deals for both Benjamin Mendy and Bernando Silva, the club are keen on doing yet more business with the Ligue One side.
Another target, who is deemed unattainable and a ‘dream’ for Guardiola, is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, with The Telegraph claiming that the Belgian’s most likely destination is Real Madrid.
Tottenham vs Manchester City preview
Tottenham have so far enjoyed a thoroughly successful league campaign this year having taken 30 points – more than any other side.
Ten points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, level on points and a game in hand over Liverpool and with an FA Cup semi-final on the horizon, there is much cause for optimism at Spurs.
Last weekend, City blew the chance to secure the title in historic fashion as they let slip a two-goal lead allowing bitter rivals Manchester United to come from behind to win 3-2 at the Etihad.
City must wait until Sunday when United host West Bromwich Albion to discover whether a win at Wembley will seal them the title, having had their gap at the top reduced to 13 points.
The Sky Blues also saw their European hopes go up in smoke as Liverpool ran riot over two-legs to humiliate them 5-1 on aggregate.