Manchester City Eye Four Huge Signings To Close The Gap On Liverpool
Manchester City are looking to spend big in the summer, as they try to win back the Premier League and win the Champions League after their UEFA ban was overturned.
Pep Guardiola got the news he was hoping for on Monday as CAS overturned their two year ban from the Champions League and ended talk of his future and the future of some of his players.
Now the City boss has to get to work on improving his side for next year and it seems being cleared of any Financial Fair Play wrongdoings will kick off some big summer spending.
According to the Daily Mail, City are hoping to add defenders David Alaba and Kalidou Koulibaly, winger Ferran Torres and striker Lautaro Martinez all to his team.
Defence has certainly been an issue for Guardiola's side this season, who have lost nine times in the league so far, and Alba and Koulibaly would certainly be upgrades to the current side.
Austrian Alba played for Pep at Bayern Munich at left-back but has moved to centre back this season with the emergence of Alphonso Davies, and he can also play in midfield.
Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in the world and the Napoli centre back has also been tracked by City's rivals Liverpool and Manchester United.
Valencia winger Torres has also been linked with United in the past and with his contract expiring next summer the Spanish side could look to cash in on him now.
The fourth player linked is Inter striker Martinez, who has also been interesting Barcelona. The forward's release clause was causing a sticking point for the La Liga champions but that is no longer valid.
Barca and Inter are expected to negotiate a lower fee for the 22-year-old, whose form has dipped a little with some believing his head has been turned, but City could swoop in.
The Catalan giants aren't as flush with money as City and a straight cash deal might entice the Italians to sell to the Premier League, whilst the Spanish side are likely to include a player in a swap deal.
Guardiola's squad is already arguably stronger than Premier League champions Liverpool and with the five subs rule potentially staying next season they'd already been made favourites to recapture the title.
If they manage to add these four players to the team then they'll be even more dangerous, both at home and in the Champions League.
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