Pep Guardiola’s revamping of Manchester City will start with the signings of Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez.
The Spanish manager has completed his first season in senior management without a trophy, prompting him to admit he ‘would have been sacked’ had he done the same at either of his two previous clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Guardiola will shakeup the aging squad he inherited last summer, and with the departures of Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta already confirmed, will need to call on reinforcements.
Tottenham’s Kyle Walker is a logical choice considering the deficiencies in the position at the club and the English international’s situation at Spurs.
City will not only need a replacement for Zabaleta, who joins West Ham next season, but cover for 34-year-old veteran full-back Bacary Sagna.
As for Walker, his playing time has been interrupted through constant rotation between himself and Kieran Trippier towards the end of the season, apparently the result (or cause) of a rift in the relationship between player and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino was reported to have met with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over Walker’s future, and decided to put the England international up for a sale, demanding a fee in the region of £40 million.
Alexis Sanchez will undoubtedly be linked with a host of clubs after Arsenal failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and, regardless of the outcome of the upcoming FA Cup Final, is unlikely to be an Arsenal player next season.
Pep Guardiola is confident he can secure the signature of the player he signed in 2011 with Barcelona, but will face competition from the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
In fact, the Bavarian giants are prepared to offer Sanchez £215,000 per week in order to lure him away from Arsenal.
City have the financial power to match that salary and tempt Arsenal with a £50 million transfer offer, which would be solid business on Arsenal’s part considering the Chilean is entering the last year of his contract.
Sanchez is believed to prefer a stay in England with another Premier League club, keeping City’s interest and hope in signing him alive, but Arsene Wenger was adamant that he would not sell to a domestic rival.