Manchester City reportedly named four new players who they believe will enable them to challenge for a quadruple next season.
City’s record-breaking dominance in England reached a new high last term after becoming the first team to win a domestic treble in the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
But the Citizens again fell short of achieving their ultimate goal in Champions League glory. Ironically, they suffered a second quarter-final defeat in a row at the hands of another English team in Tottenham.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for City owner Sheikh Mansour, who has invested over £1bn since taking over the club 11 years ago.
The Emirati royal’s vast fortune has put City on the map, with 12 trophies arriving at the Etihad Stadium since his Abu Dhabi United Group took over. A further £500m has also gone towards Pep Guardiola’s pursuit of new signings since he became the manager in 2016.
Now, the Daily Mirror claims that Mansour doesn’t plan to spend so lavishly this summer. Apparently, Guardiola will have to make do with a budget of around £135m. And this could prove to be a problem for their European hopes given Real Madrid’s near-limitless spending.
Therefore, City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain is working hard behind the scenes to make things work. The Barcelona icon allegedly wants two top-quality players for every single position next season.
And now Begiristain has shortlisted four players he believes will enable City to retain their domestic titles and challenge for the Champions League.
First on his list is Leicester City defender Harry Maguire as a replacement for departing captain Vincent Kompany. Although the Mirror claims that City still have a “30%” chance of signing Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt despite the strong likelihood he will join Juventus.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri is also on Begiristain’s list as a future successor to the 34-year-old Fernandinho. Apparently, £55m should be enough to complete the signing of the Spain international.
Meanwhile, City intend to activate their £10m buy-back option on PSV Eindhoven left-back Angeliño. The 22-year-old Spaniard started out his career with the club, but never broke into the first-team before leaving for Holland.
Juventus’s Joao Cancelo is the last name on Begiristain’s list for this summer. The versatile Portuguese could prove to be an invaluable asset as he can play as a full-back, a centre-back and a winger.