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Manchester City to sign £45m Liverpool ace as start of £191m spending spree after FFP restrictions lifted; ex-Chelsea man also in their sights

Manchester City are set to sign Liverpool star Raheem Sterling for £45 million, reports the Daily Star.

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The Citizens won’t stop there though, with Juventus ace Paul Pogba, Wolfsburg’s £58 million former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne, and Aston Villa’s £8 million England international Fabian Delph all in their sights. This spending spree could end up totalling £191 million by the time it has finished. If they are unsuccessful in signing any of these targets then they will go after Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, who is rated at £20 million.

Sky Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini is taking such extreme action after a season in which he failed to bring a single trophy to the Etihad Stadium. The four signings will greatly improve their midfield, which was seen as a weakness last time round when Yaya Toure lost form in the second half of the campaign.

City are able to splash out after UEFA decided to relax the Financial Fair Play restrictions on spending and squad size. This means that club owner Sheikh Mansour is free to flex his financial muscles. Competing for the Premier League and Champions League titles will be high on their agenda have failing to get close to either last season.

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