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How Man City could line up next season will make their rivals sweat with fear

With Bernardo Silva already on board, Pep Guardiola is on his way to assembling an intimidating first XI

There are going to be some world-class players sitting on Man City’s bench next season.

The Etihad residents have announced their intentions for the summer with the signing of Bernardo Silva.

And reports suggest that Pep Guardiola wants an extensive overhaul of the squad so that he’s in the best position possible by the time the new season rolls around.

Here we look at how City could line up on the opening day and it’s intimidatingly impressive…

Keeper – Ederson Moraes

The solution to City’s keeper problems?

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The solution to City’s keeper problems?

With Claudio Bravo proving a relative disaster, City are in need of yet another keeper.

Benfica’s 23-year-old stopper, Ederson Moraes, has quickly become one of the most in-demand players in his position.

Reports suggest a bid of over €30million may be required which would make the Brazilian one of the most expensive keepers in history.

Full-backs – Kyle Walker and Alex Sandro/Benjamin Mendy

Alex Sandro is the subject of a £50million bid from Manchester City

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Brazil have some incredible full-backs

With fan favourite Pablo Zabaleta departing along with Gael Clichy, a new pair of full-back prowlers are required.

Guardiola is a huge fan of Spurs’ squad and City are favourites to sign Kyle Walker.

Alex Sandro is arguably the second best left-back in the world right now (after Marcelo of course) and his energetic style is perfect for Guardiola’s tactical approach.

Alternatively, Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy is wanted by both Manchester clubs.

Centre-backs – Virgil van Dijk and Nicolas Otamendi/Vincent Kompany/John Stones

Southampton chief insists Virgil van Dijk will not be sold even for £60m

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Arguably the best centre-back in league in the first half of the season

Guardiola has confirmed he wants another centre-back this summer despite forking out £47.5m on John Stones nearly a year ago.

The magnificent Virgil van Dijk is a powerful ball-player, just what a centre-back should be in this day and age.

The Dutchman will undoubtedly be first choice and if Kompany stays fit City would boast a formidable partnership.

Midfield – Fernandinho and David Silva

David Silvas opener was his 50th goal for the club

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The magician

Two of the old guard maintain their places in the deepest midfield positions.

Industry and invention from these two.

A returning Ilkay Gundogan will force himself into consideration as well.

Attacking midfield – Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Alexis Sanchez

Bernardo Silva is set to switch to the Premier League

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The new lad

It seems insane to suggest that Leroy Sane may not start come the start of next season.

But if Arsenal’s Chilean superstar chooses City over Bayern Munich or Juventus then the German starlet may have to be used as an impact sub.

And then there’s Raheem Sterling as well…

Forward – Sergio Aguero/Gabriel Jesus

Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are competing for one spot

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Choices, choices…

In a season in which he suffered yet more injury troubles and was temporarily usurped by Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero bagged his all-time best goal haul for a season.

33 goals in 45 games is the kind of return we’ve come to expect from the Argentine marksman and with the talented Jesus pushing him all the way, City shouldn’t find goals hard to come by.

So, anyone fancy an early punt on City to win the league?

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