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Pep Guardiola wants THREE full-backs before Manchester City leave for US tour in July

Citizens jet off to America next month and boss expects three full-backs through the door so they can take part

MANCHESTER CITY are trying to bring in three full-backs before next month’s US tour.

Dani Alves is closing in on a move after Tottenham failed with a late bid for the Juventus defender.

Pep Guardiola is trying to bring in three new full-backs

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Pep Guardiola is trying to bring in three new full-backs

And Pep Guardiola is also hoping to complete the signings of Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy before jetting off.

Full-back is a key position in the Spaniard’s tactical set-up and was an issue for City last season.

Alves – who Guardiola signed for Barcelona in 2008 – is expected to provide experienced back-up for No1 target Walker.

And Monaco star Mendy will compete with Aleksandar Kolarov on the other flank if a deal can be struck for the £40million-rated Frenchman.

Guardiola is a big fan of Alves after bringing him to Barcelona in 2008

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Guardiola is a big fan of Alves after bringing him to Barcelona in 2008

Benjamin Mendy looks to be the next man in the door at Manchester City

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Benjamin Mendy looks to be the next man in the door at Manchester City

City fly out on July 17 for their pre-season clashes against Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham.

Guardiola has already brought in young Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson and Portugal starlet Bernardo Silva in two early swoops.

Kyle Walker is a top target for Manchester City

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Kyle Walker is a top target for Manchester City

Benjamin Mendy is closing in on a £40million move

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Benjamin Mendy is closing in on a £40million move

And a number of other targets are also being closely monitored, with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez a priority.

Dortmund whizkid Ousmane Dembele is an alternative option but the talented Frenchman will not come cheap.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt for the pacey goalscorer, who would cost upwards of £60m.