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Kylian Mbappe, Declan Rice, Josko Gvardiol - How Manchester City kill off the Premier League and Champions League competition for good

Ryan Sidle

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Kylian Mbappe, Declan Rice, Josko Gvardiol - How Manchester City kill off the Premier League and Champions League competition for good

Manchester City basically reached perfection this season, finally winning the Champions League and capturing the Treble, weirdly only Nathan Jones stopped a potential quadruple.

Pep Guardiola and most of his players may as well have called it a day after beating Inter Milan in Istanbul with not much left to achieve.

Arsenal fans might not want to hear it but the only thing left other than being the first team in English football to win the league four years in-a-row is going undefeated all season.

We were wondering exactly how City were going to improve their squad this summer but it appears he's already decided to rip up his squad.

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Far be it for me to think I know more than the former Barcelona boss but I've already done this six times so it's time we outlined what City need to do this summer.

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The most important thing

With every other team this was somewhat serious but with City I've been wondering all week what in the world I could actually write other than 'keep doing what you've been doing.'

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Then came the news that the English champions actually have the biggest transfer budget in the history of football, another record to knock off.

So if City are going to have an absurd amount of money to play with then they're really under an obligation to make use of as much of it as possible.

Ultimately if they do that it will be a hell of a summer but it will kill potentially kill football off forever.

City celebrate with their trophy haul. Image: Alamy
City celebrate with their trophy haul. Image: Alamy
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Top transfer target

Whilst it was difficult to know where to start with Tottenham Hotspur because of the amount of different players they need, it's tough with City because they don't really NEED anyone.

However Declan Rice does now appear to be their number one target as they look to 'blow Arsenal out of the water' for the England star.

Ilkay Gundogan's departure leaves space for someone in midfield and Rice is certainly fit to fill that space, and it would also help to anger their closest league rivals from last season.

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Moises Caicedo could be an alternative if Rice does decide to stay in London, although the Brighton star is also linked with Chelsea.

If not they could jump ahead of a whole host of rivals and bring Romeo Lavia back from relegated Southampton, after he impressed on the south coast.

Rice is expected to move this summer. Image: Alamy
Rice is expected to move this summer. Image: Alamy

Who needs to go

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If we're being totally honest it does feel like Kalvin Phillips is already never going to make it at the Etihad Stadium, just one year after signing.

Often players take a while to properly bed into Guardiola's system but it'll be a surprise if the former Leeds United star becomes a regular starter anytime soon.

Both Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo are now expected to leave and it doesn't really look like Guardiola needs to replace them at right back.

Gundogan was named on the released list on Friday whilst Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez could all leave, with the latter linked to Saudi Arabia.

Cole Palmer is another who feels like he'll never quite reach the standard to be a regular first team starter but you really never know.

Walker is now expected to leave. Image: Alamy
Walker is now expected to leave. Image: Alamy

Other additions

Look this one seems a bit far fetched but PSG are reportedly considering selling Kylian Mbappe now he's not going to sign a new contract next summer.

City are one of the few clubs who could afford him and guarantee him medals so why couldn't it work? Especially as he'd have Erling Haaland to play off of.

It's unlikely to happen obviously and he'll probably go to Real Madrid for free in a year but Guardiola should at least give it a try!

Mateo Kovacic is expected to join as well from Chelsea, helping them out of their FFP jam, which won't effect a move for Rice.

Josko Gvardiol is considered one of the best defenders in the world and can play in the middle or at left back, making him perfect for Pep.

The Croatian was shown up in the World Cup by Lionel Messi but before that he was one of the players of the tournament in Qatar.

If City can't get him for some reason then they could look at Inter Milan's Alessandro Bastoni, who impressed for the Italians on their way to the Champions League final.

Brighton's Julian Enciso would also be an interesting alternative if they're only looking for someone who can play at left back.

Just imagine Mbappe and Haaland in the same team. Image: Alamy
Just imagine Mbappe and Haaland in the same team. Image: Alamy

One more thing

If all of this came to fruition imagine how successful City would be? Then again even MSN and BBC didn't win everything for Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Both those sides had unreal forward lines and a front three of Haaland, Mbappe and Jack Grealish, or even Phil Foden, would be a match for the other trios.

Let's hope none of this does happen, otherwise City's rivals could be in a lot of trouble.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Football, Premier League, Manchester City, Manchester City Transfer News & Rumours, Transfers, Kylian Mbappe, Declan Rice, Pep Guardiola, Spotlight

Ryan Sidle
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