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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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1Manchester CityMan City35292489226789
2Liverpool35277179205988
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs352311165353070
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal35206969462366
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd35197963501364
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves35149124443151
8Watford35148135050050
9Everton35147145044649
10Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35910164158-1737
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3597193254-2234
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

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