Manchester City are targeting four to five significant signings in the summer after a disappointing season, according to multiple reports in English newspapers.
And the imminent arrival of new manager Pep Guardiola has already seen an immediate impact in the calibre of players they can hope to attract since the club announced on Feb. 1 that he would be taking change.
It is being widely reported that the Spaniard has already received calls from leading players asking if they can join him at the Etihad next season.
City have already shown an interest in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte and Everton’s John Stones.
Meanwhile, Toni Kroos is rumoured to be unsettled at Real Madrid and is a player that Guardiola wanted to keep when he took at over Bayern Munich.
But Guardiola will also be tasked with adding more players from the Etihad Academy into the first team. Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho is set to play a bigger part in the first team set-up while young Belgium defender Jason Denayer could join up with the squad when he returns from a season-long loan at Turkish side Galatasaray.
Vincent Kompany is also set to stay with the club despite suffering his 14th calf injury in eight years last week. City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain wants to give the 29-year-old one more season even if he is not in Guardiola’s plans, the reports said.
Guardiola’s immediate concern will be to turn around City after a disappointing campaign, which could yet see him without Champions League football in his first season.
And City have struggled in Europe — although they are still in the quarterfinals of the competition, which is the furthest they have gone in the Champions League in five seasons.
Guardiola has won two Champions Leagues as well as three La Liga titles at Barcelona and two Bundesliga titles in his two full seasons as Bayern boss.
The 45-year-old, who takes over on July 1, will draw up his transfer targets with Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano, with whom he worked at Barcelona.
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