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Pep Guardiola 'requests £50m transfer budget'

Guardiola 'requests £50m transfer funds'
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reportedly requests a transfer budget of £50m in order to strengthen this month.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly requested a relatively-modest transfer budget of £50m this month as he looks to wrap up the Premier League title race in the second half of the campaign.

The Spaniard splashed out £210m bringing in the likes of Ederson, Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva over the summer and his additions have reaped dividends, with City currently sitting 15 points pretty at the top of the Premier League table and still alive in the Champions League, EFL Cup and FA Cup.

According to The Sun, Guardiola will sit down with City chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain this week in order to firm up plans for the transfer window - a meeting in which he is expected to seek £50m in net funds.

City's key target this month is Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez, who will be available on a free this summer but could be acquired by the side for a fee of around £25m this month in order to ward off potential approaches from European rivals six months down the line.

The club have also been linked with a £28m bid for Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez as Guardiola looks to find cover for injured skipper Vincent Kompany.

Guardiola has overseen net spending of more than £280m since he took over at the Etihad in July 2016.


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2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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