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Man City to give Pep Guardiola £200m transfer warchest for three players this summer

Work starts now for Guardiola to ensure Man City are in the best possible position to defend their Premier League title

PEP GUARDIOLA will be handed a £200million war chest this summer in his quest to retain Manchester City’s Premier League title.

The Spanish boss broke the club transfer record in January with the £57m purchase of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.

Manchester City could well go back in for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez this summer

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Manchester City could well go back in for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez this summer

Pep Guardiola may still be in celebratory mood after winning the league title, but work will start soon on identifying transfer targets

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Pep Guardiola may still be in celebratory mood after winning the league title, but work will start soon on identifying transfer targets

It is more than likely that could be smashed again this summer as Guardiola attempts to challenge on all fronts next season.


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The Mirror reports that Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred and Napoli’s Jorginho are top transfer targets.

Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri and Borussia Dortmund’s Julien Weigl are also under consideration, as is Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

Guardiola parted with £200m last summer as he brought in the likes of £49.3m full-back Benjamin Mendy, £45m England man Kyle Walker and £34.9m keeper Ederson.

Napoli midfielder Jorginho is a player who could provide some competition in the middle of the park for Fernandinho

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Napoli midfielder Jorginho is a player who could provide some competition in the middle of the park for Fernandinho

Brazilian midfielder Fred is another player who could be on his way in the summer to Man City

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Brazilian midfielder Fred is another player who could be on his way in the summer to Man City

And it clearly paid off splashing the cash, as City wrapped up the Premier League title with five games still to play.


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But with key players like Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho coming to the latter stages of their careers, Guardiola will be eager for some young blood to add to the ranks.

Man City went in for Mahrez in January, but were rebuffed in their attempts to land the Algerian winger.

The Leicester star desperately wants to join City and could be prepared to hand in his third transfer request in as many windows in order to force through the switch.