Despite splashing out £175million in the summer, Manchester City’s spending shows no sign of letting up.
According to the Mirror, Pep Guardiola will be given another £150million in January, and he already has a trio of players in mind.
The men in question are Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, and Leonardo Bonucci.
Borussia Dortmund’s Aubameyang is a player Guardiola knows well from his time in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich boss. The Gabon striker would cost around £50million and could provide an additional option to Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Unsurprisingly, City are also helping to strengthen their defence, which has looked suspect in the early stages of the season. Guardiola can’t keep playing Aleksandr Kolarov in the centre of the defence, hence the renewal of his pursuit of Leonardo Bonucci. The Juventus defender didn’t move to the Premier League in the summer due to family reasons, but £60million – a world record fee for a defender – could tempt the Old Lady to sell.
Bellerin, meanwhile, is rated at £40million, but Arsenal are trying to tempt him into a new contract.
Guardiola believes these three can help City play a more high-tempo game. The 2-0 defeat to Tottenham may well have been a wake-up call, as the Sky Blues would like to play the sort of style in which Mauricio Pochettino’s men dominated them.
The answer, the only one City know, is to spend more, and with these potential additions, it’s going to be hard to see past them for the title.