Pep Guardiola has added a few English players on his summer transfer window shortlist, according to reports in England.
The new Manchester City boss apparently intends to increase the number of English footballers in his squad, and has therefore asked his scouts to keep tabs on the several England internationals playing in the Premier League.
The Spanish tactician was recently quoted as saying: “I would like English players because they know the league and that is much better. I am really impressed with how many good English players your country has.
“Tottenham players, the English players are all amazing, City, United, Chelsea players as well. I would like to have more English players. But, you have to believe me, they are so expensive. I would like to play with them. When I was Barcelona I had a lot of players (from Spain) at Bayern Munich, I had a lot of players (from Germany). But sometimes it is not possible. The market is the market.”
Guardiola’s two primary targets are believed to be Tottenham Hotspur superstars Dele Alli and Danny Rose. Both these played, aged 20 and 26 respectively, have been in fantastic form this season, and their performances have helped Spurs remain very much in the hunt for the league title in the ongoing campaign.
However, with Tottenham now in regular contention of a top 4 spot, coupled with the duo’s enormous price tags, Manchester City are also monitoring cheaper alternatives that will be comparatively easier to sign.
The Citizens continue to scout Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford amid their own little crisis between the sticks. Moreover, Guardiola remains a big fan of Arsenal’s loaned out midfielder Jack Wilshere, and will make an attempt to lure him to the Etihad as well.
Other rumoured targets include Spurs right-back Kyle Walker, Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand, and Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, as Pep continues his mission to strengthen City’s weakened backline.