Manchester City Plans Major Overhaul Ahead Of Guardiola Arrival
John Stones is at the centre of plans to tailor the team for the Bayern Munich coach should he choose the Etihad Stadium as his next home, with Eliaquim Mangala likely to leave
Manchester City are planning to overhaul their squad to accommodate Pep Guardiola’s preferred style of play as they look to seal a deal to bring the Bayern Munich coach to the Etihad Stadium.
The Daily Telegraph reports that renewed interest in Everton defender John Stones will be at the forefront of City’s summer transfer business, with Eliaquim Mangala likely to head in the other direction.
Martin Demichelis is also set to depart upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season and Guardiola is said to be a fan of Athletic Club’s Aymeric Laporte, who is another option at centre-back.
In attack, Wilfried Bony will be put up for sale – with a return to Swansea City a possibility – and City will also listen to offers for midfield duo Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri.
Thomas Muller is reportedly regarded as an ideal replacement for Bony but the German has insisted he will stay at Bayern Munich, and Lionel Messi is still viewed as an improbable dream.
Director of football Txiki Begiristain could instead turn his attention to Stones’s Everton team-mate Romelu Lukaku or Jamie Vardy, who lead the Premier League scoring charts this season.
City will also weigh up the future of Yaya Toure, who has been integral in their two title victories but is now 32 and was sold by Guardiola during his time at Barcelona.
Begiristain will be in the market for a central midfielder regardless and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Ilkay Gundogan is among the options they are considering.