Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly set to end his full-back woes once and for all, spending £110m on four new players.
Having released Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Jesus Navas this month, the Spaniard is severely light in that department and will be eyeing major reinforcements.
According to The Daily Star, Guardiola has four names on his transfer list to replace them and it’s going to cost City around £110m as he wants Kyle Walker, Ryan Bertrand, Benjamin Mendy and Dani Alves.
Walker has arguably been the top target for weeks now, but the report goes on to add that Tottenham have been holding out for £50m when City believed that a deal could be agreed at £40m.
The two Premier League clubs are expected to reach a compromise at £45m, with Mauricio Pochettino reportedly telling the England international that he can leave.
Meanwhile, Mendy could move for around £39.5m, Bertrand is valued at £25m while Alves will likely be worth much less given his age and contract situation at Juventus, having informed the Italian giants that he wants to move on this summer.
That is an ambitious recruitment drive from Guardiola, but if he is able to sign all four targets, it will add real quality and depth to his backline and prepare them for an assault on various fronts next season including the Premier League and Champions League.
Arguably, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach didn’t have the best options last season and had to make do with what he had. That in turn led to a disappointing campaign in which he didn’t win any silverware.
This time round though, if he gets this kind of backing from the City hierarchy and brings in four new full-backs to go with Bernardo Silva and Ederson who have already arrived, he’ll have no excuses next season.