Incoming Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola is reportedly receiving the full backing of big guns at the Etihad Stadium as he looks to recruit top stars to begin his journey in England with him.
As reported on Goal.com, talks are ongoing and interest indicated in bringing in the likes of Paul Pogba, Tony Kross and Ilkay Gundogan among others to the Blue side of Manchester.
It is understood that the deal for Dortmund midfielder, Gundogan is almost completed as reports suggest that the uncle and agent met with Begiristain at an Amsterdam hotel earlier in March and both Juventus and Barcelona have dropped out of the race.
Pogba is also on the wish-list of City; albeit they are faced with stiff opposition in getting the Juventus and French star who years ago was forced out of Manchester United owing to lack of first team opportunities.
It was also gathered that Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, who worked with Guardiola for one season at Bayern Munich, may also be of interest should he be made available this summer.
The Blues have spent over £75m on centre-backs in the last two summers, with Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi joining from Porto and Valencia, respectively, but they are set to enter the market again with big-money moves for Everton’s John Stones and Athletic Club’s Aymeric Laporte being lined up.
While the big buys are being muted; City’s exisiting young players will not be left like an orphan as they have also been earmarked to freshen up an ageing squad, with Spanish midfielders Manu and Aleix Garcia and Manchester-born centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo expected to build on their experiences of the first-team this season.
It is yet to be seen if City will be able to attract on the buys they considering if they miss out on a Champions League spot at the end of the season.