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Pep Guardiola’s strategy for Manchester City’s roster includes three transfer targets and five possible exits.


Pep Guardiola’s strategy for Manchester City’s roster includes three transfer targets and five possible exits.

Despite winning the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup, Manchester City are hovered for a busy transfer window, with Pep Guardiola preparing for multiple outgoings. Pep Guardiola will spare no time in strengthening and restructuring his Manchester City side following their historic Treble triumph.

Guardiola will have substantial funds at his disposal to keep City ahead of the chasing pack, with City’s Treble worth £294 million in prize money. Guardiola and City’s management began planning their summer transfer strategy even before Rodri’s Champions League-winning goal against Inter Milan in Istanbul.

While the core of Guardiola’s squad will remain intact, some high-profile exits are expected, with City expected to move quickly to replace them to secure their domestic and European domination. Ilkay Gundogan, City’s captain, is out of contract and poised to leave for Barcelona as a free agent, while fellow midfielder Bernardo Silva has indicated his desire for a new challenge.

City have selected Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who is valued at £45 million, as the ideal alternative for Gundogan and are ready to speed up their efforts to buy him following their Treble success. While City have not given up hope of persuading Silva to stay, the Portugal international is determined to leave, despite having stayed on for this season after initially wanting to leave last summer.

Guardiola will want to acquire Kovacic as soon as possible, with playmaker Kevin De Bruyne facing up to three months out after sustaining a catastrophic hamstring injury in the first half of City’s triumph against Inter, and Gundogan and Silva likely to leave.

Silva’s expected departure will undoubtedly provide an opportunity for Phil Foden to demonstrate to Guardiola that he is deserving of a regular starting berth, even though the England midfielder has been on the outskirts of the squad this season. Foden had not been in Guardiola’s first-team lineup for long before being sidelined for several weeks near the conclusion of the season due to an emergency appendix operation.

But next season will be crucial for the 22-year-old, as well as Argentina World Cup champion Julian Alvarez, who, like Foden, has spent much of this season on the bench.

Defender Aymeric Laporte, who has spent much of the season on the bench, has expressed a wish to depart this summer after making just 11 Premier League starts this season, with City prepared for the Spain international to leave if a replacement is found.

That man is believed to be RB Leipzig’s £80 million-rated defender Josko Gvardiol, who has impressed Guardiola with his versatility as a centre-back and left-back. Riyad Mahrez, the 32-year-old Algeria captain who is no longer a first-choice under Guardiola, is expected to leave the Etihad this summer, with a substantial offer from Saudi Arabia on the table.

Julio Enciso, a 19-year-old Paraguayan winger for Brighton, has pleased Guardiola and might be the man to replace Mahrez. Kalvin Phillips, who joined City for £50 million from Leeds, is another player who could go this summer, having started just two Premier League games – both after City had won the title.

Pep Guardiola’s strategy for Manchester City’s roster includes three transfer targets and five possible exits.

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