Pep Guardiola planning huge Man City overhaul with up to FIVE transfer signings this year with defenders top priority – The Sun
MANCHESTER CITY boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly making plans for a huge squad overhaul this summer.
The Telegraph claims as many as five first-team players could be set to leave the Etihad at the end of the season.
And Guardiola is apparently intent on bringing in just as many, with THREE defenders high on his wishlist.
The Spaniard failed to replace captain Vincent Kompany last summer, and he is believed to have his sights set on highly-rated Benfica youngster Ruben Dias, 22.
Also attracting interest from City is Villarreal’s Pau Torres, 22, who made his Spain debut in November.
He could arrive at the Etihad as a replacement for Nicolas Otamendi, who has been far from convincing this season.
Guardiola is also determined to sign a new left-back, with 24-year-old Leicester City ace Ben Chilwell top of his wish list.
It means one of Benjamin Mendy, Oleksandr Zinchenko or Angelino will leave, with the latter most likely after featuring just three times since rejoining City from PSV Eindhoven last summer.
Further up the pitch, 34-year-old David Silva is calling time on his Etihad career after entering his tenth season at the club.
Phil Foden looks set for more minutes as a result, but Guardiola would still apparently like to bring in Saul Niguez, 25, from Atletico Madrid to add competition in the middle of the park.
Meanwhile, Leroy Sane is likely to be sold once he recovers from a cruciate ligament injury.
The winger, 23, was set to join Bayern Munich before suffering the horror tear at the beginning of the season.
And Guardiola believes Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal, 22, would be an ideal replacement.
There could also be a change in attack, with City apparently unsure over Gabriel Jesus’ future.
The Brazil international, 22, is said to have failed to fully convince club chiefs he can lead the line when Sergio Aguero possibly leaves in 2021.
However, there is also a chance he will remain at City, and Guardiola is yet to identify a replacement.
One player who will definitely remain is 34-year-old midfielder Fernandinho.
He is close to triggering a one-year extension on his deal, which expires at the end of the season.
Fernandinho told ESPN Brazil: “When I renewed at the end of 2018 we put in a clause that if I reached certain goals, my contract would be automatically renewed.
“Conversations have already started, we talked about it last month. I am close to reaching those goals and renewing the contract, but we can only confirm it after signing.
“The club have already shown interest in me staying, I have also shown my interest in staying.”
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