Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao heads Pep Guardiola’s list of eight possible signings the Spaniard wants to make after taking over at Manchester City. The list includes some heavyweights like Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund, John Stones of Everton and Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona.
Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City next season and the former Barcelona treble winning coach wants a revamp at the Etihad. A plan of over $425 million summer spending spree is in place despite that fact that the City hierarchy already spent over $141 million last summer.
Two center-backs, a central midfielder, a winger, a back-up striker to Sergio Aguero, two full-backs and a goalkeeper is what Guardiola wants to bring in at The Etihad. Stones and Laporte will be brought in to revamp the City defense which has been fragile this season whenever Vincent Kompany has been injured, as reported by ESPN.
Both Stones and Laporte are traditional ball playing center-backs and both at the age of 21 would provide a long-term option for the club. The duo will fit Guardiola’s specific possession based football.
Regarding the central midfield position, City has likely struck a deal with Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan. Dortmund value the player at around $51 million while City are willing not to shelve more than $39.9 million for the 25-year-old. Gundogan was offered a new contract by the German club, but the midfielder is not keen on signing an extension with the club and is reportedly has his heart set on moving to the Premier League, as reported by Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, Marc-Andre ter Stegen is unhappy with his role at Barcelona and is unwilling to share the goalkeeping responsibilities with Claudio Bravio. Guardiola wants to bring in an upgrade over Joe Hart and ter Stegen will provide that for the Spaniard.
Meanwhile, City will offload Wilfred Bony, but no decision has been taken regarding the back-up striker to Aguero. Although there has been interest in bringing two new full-backs at the club, Guardiola doesn’t see the position as important as the others in his transfer priority.
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