Manchester City is set to make a triple swoop worth £115 million in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to reports in England.
The first and topmost transfer target identified by the Manchester City boss is Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League for quite some time, and it looks like he may finally get it come summer.
With both Fernando and Yaya Toure’s futures at the Etihad in major doubt, and Ilkay Gundogan continuing his injury-prone spell in England, Guardiola wants to sign Carvalho as a possible option in defensive midfield for next season.
And as per The Mirror, City are more than willing to meet the Portuguese international’s £34m buy-out clause in his Sporting contract. However, if they are to fend off interest from other interested parties and win the race for his signature, they will reportedly have to offer the Primeira Liga outfit north of £60m to get the transfer done.
Along with Carvalho, the Citizens are also keeping tabs on Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand and Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson.
Despite Bertrand having more than 4 years left on his current contract with the Saints, coupled with the fact that the club chairman Ralph Krueger recently claiming Southampton will not be selling their key players next summer, Guardiola continues to consider the full-back a realistic transfer target.
But with Claude Puel determined to keep hold of the 27-year-old, Manchester City will have to pay close to £30m to secure Bertrand’s services.
Lastly, Guardiola is also prepared to make a bid for Boro’s £25m-rated center-back Ben Gibson in an attempt to lure him to the Etihad. With the Spanish tactician currently managing an ageing squad with a weakened backline, signing the 24-year-old defender could definitely help City deal with both these problems using less financial resources.