Manchester City are reportedly plotting a major summer overhaul after their Champions League ban was overturned.
The news that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has accepted their appeal against alleged Financial Fair Play breaches is said to have served as a green light to proceed with some serious spending.
Pep Guardiola is hoping to close the gap to Liverpool by beefing up his defence after feeling the impact of individual errors in their title defeat this year.
Therefore, as many as three purchases could be made at centre-back and left-back.
According to the Telegraph, the Guardiola’s frustration with Benjamin Mendy is tempting him towards a bid for Ben Chilwell.
The Leicester star is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester United with City described as pondering their own approach.
At the very least, remaining in the mix could force their rivals – as the Eastlands club managed when Harry Maguire cost United £85million last summer.
City’s failure to capture a new central defender like Maguire was criticised throughout their failed title defence and Guardiola could be out to make up for lost time this summer.
It is reported that Kalidou Koulibaly is a major target, rated by Napoli at upwards of £75million.
On top of that, a younger second signing may be made in the position to replace John Stones.
Among the names touted for City are Caglar Soyuncu, Nathan Ake, Benfica’s Ruben Dias, Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar, Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou and Pau Torres of Villarreal.
That would significantly bolster Guardiola’s options with the club said to be doubting Barcelona’s ability to launch a significant bid for Eric Garcia.
source: The Sun
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