Man City’s transfer plans for Guardiola include Messi, Stones and offloading £60m duo

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Manchester City seem to already be making transfer plans for the arrival of Pep Guardiola.

And, according to The Telegraph, they include Lionel Messi and the selling of £60m worth of flops.

The Telegraph reports that the Citizens are confident of luring Guardiola to the Etihad Stadium for next season. The Spaniard has revealed that he is leaving Bayern Munich and is Premier League bound.

According to The Telegraph, City chiefs are planning a costly reshuffle next summer in order to form a squad which can play the way which has brought Guardiola great success at Bayern and Barcelona.

Part of their masterplan is Messi – the centrepiece of Guardiola’s iconic Barcelona team – although it is accepted at Eastlands that a deal for the Argentine is improbable, if not impossible, the Telegraph adds.

Bayern’s Thomas Muller and Leicester City record breaker Jamie Vardy are also on City’s radar because Guardiola wants a more versatile alternative to Sergio Aguero than Wilfried Bony, The Telegraph reports.

Bony, who cost £28m from Swansea City in January 2015 and £32m centre-back flop Eliaquim Mangala – fees reported by The Telegraph, will allegedly get the chop to fund the incoming signings.

Defensive fragilities exposed by Vincent Kompany’s injury problems this year means this area is a transfer priority. The Telegraph claims that John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are potential targets.

Athletic Bilbao’s Laporte is keenly admired by Guardiola and has a £37m release clause, according to The Telegraph, while Stones is one of the hottest properties in Europe after impressing at Everton.

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