Pep Guardiola is set to make Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara his main targets for the upcoming summer transfer window, claims Sky Sports
The newly-crowned Premier League champions are set to embark on a big spending spree in the summer with the club’s Dubai owners having handed Guardiola a budget of £200m to ensure that they will be able to successfully defend their title next season.
The Catalan is believed to have shortlisted Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha as a potential recruit, but it is understood that the Ivory Coast international is not among Guardiola’s top candidates.
The former Barcelona and Bayern coach is wary of the implications of that this summer’s World Cup will have on the transfer window and is reportedly keen completing his transfers before the tournament begins.
Guardiola is keen on a reunion with Thiago, who played under the former defensive midfielder at both Barcelona and Bayern, and believes that the Spain international will be able to rejuvinate an ageing midfield with David Silva, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure all approaching the twilight phases of their respective careers.
The ongoing uncertainty surroundings PSG’s circumstances with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules has also caught Guardiola’s attention as it could mean that the Ligue 1 champions will unable be retain their €180m deal for teenage loan star Kylian Mbappe in the summer, if the football governing body finds the club guilty of breaching their regulations.
PSG had agreed a deal with AS Monaco to sign Mbappe for a €180m transfer fee last summer, but had to initially sign the 19 year-old on a loan deal in order to escape punishment from UEFA over the FFP rules after signing Neymar for a world record €222m.
But City have successfully avoided any punishment from the UEFA and Guardiola is closely monitoring the situation in Paris and could be ready to lodge a shock bid for the teenage sensation later this year.