Manchester City's Transfer Policy Is To Ensure There's Two Top Quality Players In Every Position
Manchester City might have one of the best squads in the world already but their transfer policy suggests that Pep Guardiola will have even more quality to work with next season.
Exactly how you improve on the two incredible seasons Manchester City have had is anyone's guess. Outside of winning the Champions League it can't really get much better for Pep Guardiola's team.
But Guardiola has to find a way for his City side to keep getting better and, according to the Mirror, that involves a transfer policy that will see the oil rich team make sure they always have two top quality players for each position.
A club 'insider' told the paper, "The idea behind Txiki's plan is for Pep to have a squad that gives him two top-quality players for every single position.
"And the perfect scenario is for one experienced player to be challenging for his position in the team with a younger member of the squad.
"...As older players are phased out, the younger players come to the fore - and the whole process becomes cyclical with new signings and academy graduates coming through to challenge them."
The idea means that it won't be a huge summer of spending for the Premier League champions but there will still be up to four new signings.
With Vincent Kompany leaving, to become player-manager at Anderlecht, a centre back is high on their list of priorities.
The report says that City still fancy their chances of signing Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt at 30%, despite reports he is about to sign for Juventus, whilst they hope Leicester City's asking price for Harry Maguire will still come down.
Guardiola could yet find himself another central defender light if Nicolas Otamendi decides he wants more first team football but Fernandinho could be used as a backup defender.
The Brazilian midfielder is another for whom a backup will be signed this summer with Atletico Madrid's Rodri expected to sign this summer.
Former City left back Angelino, who never played for the first team, could return from PSV with the English side having a buy back clause.
And Juventus right back Joao Cancelo would be the fourth signing if the club manage to offload Danilo first.
The big questions for Guardiola is can anything be an improvement on their previous two seasons and can they finally win the Champions League trophy that has eluded them?