Manchester City to hand Pep Guardiola £200m transfer kitty after clinching Premier League title

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Manchester City are ready to reward Pep Guardiola for his Premier League success with £200million to spend in pursuit of further titles, the Daily Mirror reports.

Prime targets are said to be £40million midfielders Jorginho of Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, as the Spaniard looks to reinforce at least three positions during the transfer window.

Having overseen an estimated £448million in deals during his two seasons at the Etihad, Guardiola’s summer splurge could also see a bid for Monaco’s £90m-rated forward Thomas Lemar, while City could have another shot at Leicester‘s £60million winger Riyad Mahrez.

All of the above could be kicked into the long grass by the outcome of a watchdog investigation into City’s acquisition of youngster Benjamin Garre, however.

The Daily Telegraph says City could be banned from registering players for the next two seasons if the Court of Arbitration for Sport sides with his former club, Velez Sarsfield, who claimed the Sky Blues acted unethically by approaching him when he was 15.

According to The Times City will try and persuade Guardiola to stay until 2020. With one year left on his £15million-a-year, three-year contract City chiefs are set to hold talks with the 47-year-old at the end of the season over an extension.

Guardiola is said to be disinclined on staying at any single club for an extended period of time and was at Bayern Munich for three years before arriving in Manchester in 2016.

According to the Times, City are confident they will be able to secure his services for an extra 12 months, which would equal his four-year spell in charge of Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford is set to put off talks over a new deal after falling down United’s pecking order, The Sun reports. With two years left on his £70,000-a-week contract and an option to extend by 12 months, United chiefs are said to want to secure the 20-year-old’s services on new terms.

However, with Mourinho undoubtedly aiming to inject vigour into the Red Devils with some big signings over the summer, the forward faces being further overlooked.

Hopes to bring Bordeaux youngster Malcom to north London appear to have been dashed again after the midfielder said joining Paris St Germain would be his “dream”, according to the Mail Online.

The 21-year-old had been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham, although a move to the Premier League over the summer is looking increasingly unlikely as his heart appears set on continental football.

The £44million-rated Brazilian had previously voiced aspirations to join Bayern Munich, although he told beIN Sports: “PSG is the dream too.”

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Tom James: Aston Villa and Celtic are interested in the Yeovil defender, 22, according to the Bristol Post.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool’s 19-year-old defender has been rewarded with improved terms after racking up a number of appearances, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Clement Lenglet: The £39million Liverpool target, 22, could be coaxed away from Sevilla by Barcelona, according to Football Talk.

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Paul Pogba headlines our rumour mill as Jose Mourinho set to let £89m star leave Old Trafford

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Though the summer transfer window is still a few months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

PAUL POGBA

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is ready to let the club’s record signing leave this summer, Daily Mail reports.

Mourinho has reportedly run out of patience with the Frenchman – who only re-joined the club from Juventus in August 2016 – and has included him in a list of players who can be sold as he attempts to bridge the gap on new Premier League champions Man City.

Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho has deteriorated since the turn of the year, and the 25-year-old has been left on the bench or taken off in seven of his last 11 games, including Sunday’s loss at home to West Brom.

ANDRIJA ZIVKOVIC

Arsenal are tracking the progress of the elusive Benfica winger and will watch the 21-year-old in action against Estoril Praia on Saturday, O Jogo reports.

The Serbian international has become a mainstay for Rui Vitoria’s side after impressing during the second half of the season, making 12 starts and scoring three goals.

Widely considered one of the best young talents in Europe, Zivkovic has pace to burn, strong playmaking ability and can create chances.

With 15 months to run on his current contract, Manchester United, PSG and Borussia Dortmund have also expressed an interest in his services.

PIOTR ZIELINSKI

Liverpool are tracking the £57 million-rated (Dh291m) Napoli midfielder ahead of a possible summer move, according to reports in Italy.

Jurgen Klopp is said to be a long-term admirer of the Polish international who has been a vital cog in a finely tuned Partenopei machine this season, scoring eight goals and providing one assist in all competitions.

And according to Tutto Mercato Web, the Reds are set to move for the 23-year-old who still has three years to run on his current deal at Stadio San Paolo.

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Though the summer transfer window is still a few months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

PSG are ready to make a move for the highly-rated AC Milan goalkeeper, according to France Football.

The French giants have invested heavily on outfield players, with the number one spot largely left with Kevin Trapp and Alphonse Areola. But the Ligue 1 champions want to bolster that area of their team as they attempt to become the biggest club in Europe.

The 19-year-old only signed a new deal at the San Siro last summer, but his time at the club has turned sour after fans were angered by the way in which the new deal was signed.

MOUSA DEMBELE

Juventus are tracking the star midfielder as he approaches the final year of his contract at Tottenham, the Mirror claims.

The 30-year-old impressed against the Serie A champions in February’s Champions League last-16 tie, which finished 2-2 in Turin.

But the Belgian international has shelved extension talks until after the World Cup this summer.

Regardless of Dembele’s future, Spurs are keen to strengthen their midfield with Barcelona’s Andre Gomes and Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante identified as possible replacements.

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