Man City boss Pep Guardiola eyes £125m double raid…he also has a Man Utd target in mind

Posted Sunday, June 09, 2019 by

Man City boss Pep Guardiola eyes £125m double raid…he also has a Man Utd target in mind
Guardiola is targeting Maguire who he sees as a replacement for Kompany (Pic: GETTY)

PEP GUARDIOLA’S search for home-grown stars to give his treble-winners an English injection of talent will see him banging on Leicester’s door when he returns from holiday.

But King Power boss Brendan Rodgers is in no hurry to answer as Guardiola brings out his Manchester City cheque book to splash £125 million on Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell.

Rodgers guided Leicester into a ninth-place finish last season – a whopping 46 points behind champions City – and is determined to build his team around the dynamic defensive pairing.

If City offered £80 million for Maguire, 26, the board would have to think long and hard with Chilwell, 22, valued at £50 million.

Maguire is seen as the perfect fit to fill Vincent Kompany’s boots now he has joined Anderlecht as player coach.

But Rodgers will fight from now until the transfer window closes at 5pm on Thursday August 8 to keep his young English stars at the club.

Croydon-born Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, is another Guardiola target with a £40 million price tag on the Crystal Palace defender’s head.

Wan-Bissaka is a highly-rated right back who would put pressure on Kyle Walker’s position.

Walker is just one of four English players alongside Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Fabian Delph, who looks like leaving the club.

And that’s why Guardiola, who has splashed more than £530 million since arriving at the Etihad three years ago, is on a mission to beef up the home-grown section of a squad of world superstars.

Meanwhile, City are waiting for Bayern Munich to return with an improved offer for Leroy Sane after rejecting their opening bid of £70.7 million.

The feeling in Germany, though, is that Bayern have cooled on the move and Sane will still be a City player at the start of the new season.

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