Guardi­ola handed huge trans­fer kitty

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: SHEIK Man­sour will bankroll an­other mega-spend­ing spree at Manch­ester City this sum­mer after mak­ing it clear he is in full sup­port of Pep Guardi­ola.

Guardi­ola’s per­for­mance dur­ing his first sea­son in charge has come un­der in­creas­ing scru­tiny. He will have a tro­phy­less cam­paign for the first time in his man­age­rial ca­reer, and City are still sweat­ing over Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to sources close to the club’s sum­mer re­cruit­ment drive, Guardi­ola will try to sign as many as eight play­ers. He spent more than £150 mil­lion (RM825 mil­lion) after tak­ing over last sum­mer and can ex­pect a sim­i­lar budget this year.

City are after two new full­backs and Guardi­ola’s tar­gets — Kyle Walker of Tot­ten­ham and Valencia’s Jose Gaya — could cost more than £40 mil­lion. Arse­nal’s Hec­tor Bel­lerin is an­other de­fender City are look­ing at.

Seven play­ers are out of con­tract this sum­mer, in­clud­ing Yaya Toure and Pablo Za­baleta, so strength­en­ing the squad is a big pri­or­ity.

De­fender Bacary Sagna is likely to leave and Guardi­ola is after a new goal­keeper as the sign­ing of Clau­dio Bravo has failed spec­tac­u­larly this sea­son. But mid­fielder Je­sus Navas is set to be of­fered a new con­tract after con­vinc­ing Guardi­ola he can fill in at right-back.

How­ever, the ex­pected in­flux of new play­ers means a num­ber of the club’s ta­lented academy grad­u­ates will again be al­lowed to leave on loan.

It is un­der­stood that a num­ber of young­sters have grown disil­lu­sioned with the lack of first­team chances. Daily Mail

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