Manchester City Preparing To Hand Pep Guardiola Up To £200m For Summer Spending Spree

The Premier League season might have only come to an end, but Pep Guardiola is already preparing for a busy summer transfer window for Manchester City.

After all, Liverpool pushed the Premier League champions to the last day of the season and only finished one point behind their title-winning rivals.

According to the Daily Mail, City are planning a massive summer spending spree that could cost them up to £200m.

The former Barcelona boss wants to revamp his existing squad and is looking to add to his ranks a defender, two midfielders and a striker.

Matthijs de Ligt has emerged as one such target on their radar, but they face a tough task in luring the Ajax captain to the Etihad Stadium amid interest from Barcelona.

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Interestingly, Leicester City's Harry Maguire has also emerged as a target should they fail to sign the 19-year-old Dutch centre-back.

When it comes to the midfield, the Premier League side have also been keeping tabs on Atlético Madrid's Rodri.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain has been following the 22-year-old Spanish midfielder, who has a £60m release clause.

Rodri has been identified as someone who could provide backup to Fernandinho, who turned 34 this month, while fellow Atlético star Saúl Ñíguez has also been linked with the club as a long-term successor for the Brazilian midfielder.

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Another target that could be on Guardiola's summer spending spree is Lyon's Houssem Aouar, especially as the 20-year-old French midfielder showed off his skills against City in the Champions League.

The newspaper has also said that there are two attacking threats that City would like to add to their arsenal, which would come in the form of Eintracht Frankfurt's Luka Jović and Benfica's João Félix.

Jović, who has also been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona, has put Europe's biggest clubs on notice after a fantastic season with the German side.

Frankfurt made the 21-year-old Serbian striker's move permanent from Benfica last month. With Jović signing a four-year deal, City would have to spend big to pry him away from Frankfurt.

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Félix, on the other hand, has also emerged as a top target for several clubs, including Juventus and Manchester United.

While the 19-year-old Portuguese attacking midfielder has a contract that runs until 2023, City always have the option to activate his €120m release clause before another European club comes swooping in for him.

Which players should City sign in the summer?

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