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Pep Guardiola is looking to sign two La Liga superstars this summer, according to reports.
The brand new Manchester City boss is preparing a big reply to match the statement Manchester United made this week, by signing two megastars of their own – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic officially became Jose Mourinho’s second Manchester United signing on Friday, following Eric Bailly, who arrived to the Premier League club from Spanish outfit Villareal. The Swede striker has joined the Red Devils on a free transfer and penned down a one-year contract, with an option to extend further.
Only Luis Suarez topped Ibrahimovic's tally (38) in Europe's top five leagues with 40 goals.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also set to join the Jose Mourinho revolution at the Old Trafford club, after Borussia Dortmund officially announced the Armenian play-maker’s departure from the German club.
To match United’s latest signings, Pep has shortlisted two big players as potential transfer targets, one of which is Real Madrid’s star midfielder Toni Kroos.
The German midfield maestro still has four years left on his contract with the 11-time European Champions, but a transfer is still possible if City activate the £63 million release clause in his contract. Kroos is also believed to be keen on a move to England, and reunite with Guardiola, under whom he played for one season at Bayern Munich.
The second player that is being targeted by Pep is none other that Barcelona’s star striker Luis Suarez.
The 29-year-old has been linked with Guardiola numerous times due to the fact that the Uruguayan international is represented by Guardiola’s brother, Pere. According to the report, the former Liverpool man will cost City around £85 million – £20 million more than the Catalan giants paid for his services back in 2014.
It looks unlikely that Suarez would leave the reigning Spanish Champions and make a return to the Premier League, but then again, as they say, anything can happen in football.